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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VOLUNTEER FOR VICTORY

Be My Guest: 1944

Be My Guest: 1944

March 1944. Two guests at a St. Patrick's Day party at the Washington Labor Canteen sponsored by the United Federal Workers of America. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Joseph Horne, Office of War Information.

 

Party of Two

What a sweet picture! I wish there was some way to find out who they are.

Perspectives shift

One picture, shifted perspectives. In the era when the photo was taken, some viewers were likely bothered by the image of a black man holding a white child's hand, never mind the circumstances. Those same people couldn't have cared at all about what would be the red flag instead to today's viewers: Someone is smoking a cigarette near a child.

Be My Guest

Where did you find this photo? I couldn't find it among the photos on the Library of Congress site.

[It's here. - Dave]

He's

not so bad either. A very pleasing face.

Party Guest

That little charmer should be at a Valentine's Day party. She's stolen my heart!

 
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