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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Saturday Night: 1942

Saturday Night: 1942

January 1942. Community house Saturday night dance in the Farm Security Administration settlement of Woodville, California. View full size. Medium format safety transparency by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

So this was a month or so after Pearl Harbor...

What an amazing photograph! I counted 111 people in this frame and all of them have a story to tell. If you capture this photo, then use an application like Corel to zoom in, you can see all the human emotions on different faces - all in this one photo.

Also, I'm a musician and I can't help but wonder who the leader of the band is - I think he's the guy on the far left - but you only see in shadow. Did he not like the other three guys in the band?

Back in the days when...

Back in the days when white people could actually dance!

 
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