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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Sunday Paper: 1936

Sunday Paper: 1936

December 1936. Daughter reading a Sunday paper at the Rustan Brothers farm near Dickens, Iowa. Two hundred forty acres, crop share lease, owned by Metropolitan Life. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 

Newspaper

Is there a way to rotate this picture? -- to see the newspaper and the watch.

[Click here. - Dave]

All Wallis

This must be in the week or so just before or just after the abdication of Edward VIII (December 11, 1936). The newspaper pages that the daughter is reading are full of pictures of Wallis Warfield Simpson, examining various aspects of her face and supposed beauty (I never understood the assertion that she was beautiful or glamorous myself) complete with supposed Wallis lookalikes. In Britain and the Empire (including Canada) news about the relationship between the King and Mrs. Simpson was kept out of the newspapers so that only people who had been to the United States and read some of the more salacious of the big city papers even knew of her existence let alone just how close the relationship was until just a few days before the abdication. It's very likely that a newspaper in Iowa would have been just as much in th dark as a newspaper in Canada.

Beautiful Nitrates

Seeing all these wonderful 35mm nitrate shots makes me hope they are being copied for archival purposes to current negative stock.

[They are indeed being copied for archival purposes - but scanned digitally, not copied to film. - Dave]

 
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