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Wintry Mix: 1940

Wintry Mix: 1940

February 1940. Newsboy during a winter storm in Iowa City, Iowa. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration. View full size. Our readers point out the Englert Theater to the right, where "Balalaika" is playing.

 

School Shooters: 1942

School Shooters: 1942

January 1942. "Cowboys and Indians" at the Farm Security Administration camp elementary school in Weslaco, Tex. View full size. Photo by Arthur Rothstein.

 

Hollywood's Loss: 1942

Hollywood's Loss: 1942

June 1942. Lockheed Vega aircraft plant at Burbank, California. "Hollywood missed a good bet when they overlooked this attractive aircraft worker, who is shown checking electrical sub-assemblies." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by David Bransby for the Office of War Information.

 

A Merry Xmas: 1940

A Merry Xmas: 1940

Australian soldiers at Christmas dinner in the Australian Club (old East Hotel) in Jerusalem between 1940 and 1946. View full size. Matson Photo Service.

 

Church of the Nativity: 1940

Church of the Nativity: 1940

Christmas in the Church of the Nativity at Bethlehem circa 1940. View full size. 4x5 glass-plate negative, G. Eric and Edith Matson Photograph Collection.

 

Wish You Were Here: 1921

Wish You Were Here: 1921

1921. "Bathing Beach." Taking the waters somewhere along the Potomac River at Washington, D.C. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Incubators of Doom: 1942

Incubators of Doom: 1942

February 1942. Cincinnati, Ohio. "A battery of 1,000- and 2,000-pound furnaces roaring threats to the Axis. These are rotary oil-fired melting furnaces at Aluminum Industries Inc. Destination of the finished aluminum products is kept secret." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 
 
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