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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Box Lunches: 1916

Box Lunches: 1916

June 29, 1916. Chicopee Falls, Massachusetts. "Two 15-year-old boys working for Westinghouse Electric Company, going home at 5 p.m." View full size.

 

My knickers

They stayed in style a long time. I remember my mother getting me a pair in 1940. Itched myself to death from the coarse-weave tweed. Hated them.

Lunch

I wonder if somebody (like me) 92 years from now will look at a picture from 2008 and see prices of lunch and laugh at how cheap it seemed to be? "Ha, ha, they paid $4 for a sandwich in 2008!"

 
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