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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BUY WAR SAVINGS STAMPS, c. 1918

Time to Boil the Diapers: 1943

Time to Boil the Diapers: 1943

December 1943. "Lynn Massman, wife of a second class petty officer who is studying in Washington, does the washing every morning." View full size. Medium-format negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.

 

That's a big camera flash...

...would've loved to see the baby's expression after the bulb went off. At least he's got clean diapers lined up.

You know, I don't think kids just walk off tables. They have the instinct, you know, to not jump off a cliff and all that.

[Esther Bubley used floodlights, not flashbulbs, for illumination in these photos. - Dave]

Baby in Peril

There are so many baby-hazards in that kitchen I can't believe the kid lived at all...the cord, the kid on the table......

[And yet the lady had eight kids. And ran for the state Senate in Montana! What did she know that we don't? - Dave]

Yikes

My kid would have rolled off the table the second I walked away.

Supplies

That's an awful lot of steel wool.

Makes you think...

I wonder where that baby is now ... Shorpy.com makes you think about that kind of thing. Thank you!

[Joey died eight years ago. Read the comments here for more info. - Dave]

You're putting those on me?!

The look on the baby's face says it all ... "You're doing WHAT to my diapers!!!???"

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