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

St. Croix: 1941

St. Croix: 1941

December 1941. Another image from Jack Delano's Caribbean assignment. "Farm road near one of the villages on the northern coast of St. Croix, Virgin Islands." View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the FSA.

 

JD in VI

Gee, rough gig you had there, Jack.

Time Machine

Thank you for those words "time machine". All of a sudden it explained to me why I was so moved by those color pictures by the FSA-OWI photographer. I still remember the first one I saw reproduced in a magazine, years ago.

I had the same feeling when I saw "What Price Glory", a John Ford film in Technicolor, starring James Cagney, about the first world war. This war was supposed to be in black and white, wasn't it? A thing of the past, long gone. In color, even shot in a Hollywood studio, it suddenly becam so REAL.
Ray B.

Kodachrome

Kodachrome is the closest thing to a time machine that we have. It is amazing how these 60 year old slides can look so completely now, today, what I would see were I there . . . then.

Foy
Las Vegas

 
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