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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STOCKHOLM TRAVEL, 1936

Air Noir: 1943

Air Noir: 1943

July 1943. Greenville, South Carolina. "Air Service Command. Enlisted man folding up his gas mask to hang on the wall after having worn it all day." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Kodachrome Cake Mix: 1952

Kodachrome Cake Mix: 1952

A mad clash of colors and styles in this vintage Kodachrome; I love it all, but not all in the same room. It's one side of a mounted 3-D pair from a collection found in a thrift store. I'm fairly certain the woman making the cake is the mother of the young boy behind the table, but I'm not sure of the others. View full size.

Cornerman: 1943

Cornerman: 1943

July 1943. Greenville, South Carolina. "Air Service Command. Enlisted man of the 25th Service Group relaxing in his hutment." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Zoot Alors: 1943

Zoot Alors: 1943

July 1943. Washington, D.C. "Negro alley dwellings near the Capitol." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Second Graders: 1962

Second Graders: 1962

My second grade class at James Buchanan Elementary School, Levittown Pennsylvania, spring 1962. Teacher is Shayndel Sacks (which may have had a different spelling. Her first name was pronounced Shane-Dell, and her last name could have been spelled Sachs). I am the girl seated next to her, wearing the blue headband. At least a third of these same children were in my first grade class. View full size.

PbSE: 1904

PbSE: 1904

Circa 1904. "Pittsburgh Stock Exchange, Fourth Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

When in Roamer: 1919

When in Roamer: 1919

San Francisco circa 1919. "Roamer touring car at Historical Society (Whittier Mansion)." Our second Roamer in a row. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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