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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA'S SUNNIEST CAPITAL, c1950

Happy Days: 1940

Happy Days: 1940

December 1940. "Workers eating lunch on curb across the street from the Consolidated Aircraft factory. San Diego, California." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
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Supercharged!

Love that "Supercharged" Model A! Wonder if it's true, does not look like a hot rod of any fashion.

Tight Squeeze

Interesting park job between the two cars on the left which appear to be just inches apart. Maybe someone was playing a practical joke?

I guess getting out via the passenger side was much easier with bench seats!

"Supercharged"?

The Model A with two horseshoes and the crank starter.

Three years in the future

They'll be fighting their way across Europe and the Far East. Hope they fared well.

[Actually many if not most of the young men employed at defense plants in 1940 kept their jobs for the duration of the war. - Dave]

I didn't know that Thanks Dave

 
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