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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Toy Store: 1941

Toy Store: 1941

Boys at toy store window with Hop Ching (Chinese checkers) display, Christmas 1941 or 1942. 35mm Kodachrome transparency. Location unknown. View full size. Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Collection.

Christmas Story

I half expected to see a Red Ryder BB Gun in the window

Colors

Definitely Kodachrome; look at the color retention after all these years. - Nick

If they tried to sell that "Hop Ching" game today with the same cover art, they'd be in for a class-action law suit.

Yes, anonymous, of course

Yes, anonymous, of course there were. Why wouldn't there be? We have plenty of lingerie stores, and corsets were a lot trickier (more customized). Think of it like a milliner's.

Corset Shop

There's a reflection in the window of a sign reading "Corset Shop." Were there really stores that specialized in corsets?

 
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