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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Dam Workmen: 1942

Dam Workmen: 1942

June 1942. "Shasta Dam, Shasta County, California. Workmen on porch of com­mis­sary." Photo by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
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Lunch Box

As an "old one" I remember carrying a metal lunch box like this to school and later to work. Inside the top was a metal thermos bottle held in with a wire clip. Later kids had rectangular metal lunch boxes. All metal lunch boxes are now classified as a dangerous weapon and illegal for school kids. I suppose we couldn't take our switch blade knives and whittle now either during recess!

What has everyone's attention?

Hopefully it wasn't a sudden gush of water.

Can anyone explain the device in the lower right, it resembles a modified #10 can, it's before my time.

[It was something the Old Ones called a "lunchbox." - Dave]

Go South young man!

The three younger guys could probably do pretty well in the Movies.

The one on the right has the James Dean thing going on, more than a decade before James Dean.

Dam glad

they weren't going to be drafted as long as they were on this job.

 
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