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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Provincetown: 1940

Provincetown: 1940

August 1940. "Local talent makes music on a Sunday afternoon under the soldiers' monument. Provincetown, Massachusetts." View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Provincetown

It is very sad to think that in a few years after this picture was taken they will be adding many more names to this monument.

Norman Rockwell

It does look like a Rockwell painting, because Norman Rockwell painted real people and things. Funny that his critics always claimed that Norman painted a reality that didn't exist. It certainly did! He simply chose what parts of reality to portray, usually the good parts, the sentimental parts - and art critics just HATE those.

Norman Rockwell lives

The faces (the facial expressions anyway) all look they've come from a Norman Rockwell illustration. Any one of them really, but specifically the young man with the guitar and the two older men to the right of him.

Waiting for Farnsworth

They all look like they're waiting impatiently for the invention of television.

Local Talent

I love how timeless this one is. Almost seems like it could be from some other era.

 
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