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North to the Future: 1942

North to the Future: 1942

Circa 1942. "Alaska Defense Command. At mail shack with mess kit." And now to catch up on the news! 120 film negative from an estate sale. View full size.

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There are some memories

My stepdad's uncle served at Fort Wainwright after having moved to Alaska in 1937. I bet he had some experiences like this, and you could always count on Uncle Vince for a good story or two...and some Caribou jerky or Alaska Amber if you were nice to him. It was, and remains, a different world up there.

Looks like spring, wherever it is. I'm guessing further south than Wainwright from the deciduous tree.

I can see the motherland from my porch


I Can See Russia From My House

Holy cow, he looks like Putin's father on a spy mission.

Privy to the news

That was clever of him to put the U.S. Mail sign over the outhouse door, so that he could spend all the time needed to read his newspaper.

So --

We sent them 100,000 Studebaker trucks, they sent us Putin's pop?

SHORPY HISTORICAL 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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