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Trailer Talk: 1943

Trailer Talk: 1943

August 1943. "Middle River, a small crossroads in the vicinity of Baltimore, Maryland. Farm Security Administration housing project for Martin aircraft workers. Mrs. Helen Bird, USO traveler's aide, giving information to a newcomer in the Glenn L. Martin trailer village." Photo by John Collier. View full size.

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That linoleum bears a strong resemblance to the kitchen flooring of my youth. It looked like an explosion in a paint factory. As a young adult, I gave it the moniker 'Brain Damage'.

[It also looks like our kitchen floor, which was already in place when I was old enough to start noticing things in the mid-50s.]

Oooh, that smell!

I can smell that trailer right now. The wood, canvas, varnish, rubber, books, and fabric. No plastics or synthetics. That's the smell of my early childhood.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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