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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Army Surplus: 1919

Army Surplus: 1919

1919. The caption for this is the same as for the peas photo: "Buying Army food sold at fish market." Though the goods here seem to be blankets. View full size.

 

A penny for her thoughts

The woman in front of the couple has captured my interest. Love to know what she is pondering!

Under the box

The box the flirting guy is under isn't a box, but a hanging sign, like the other two; it just happened to be swinging side to side during the exposure. This candid shot also gives the lie to the oft-expressed contention that people didn't smile in those days. Unless there was some guy yelling at them "OK, now look at the camera and hold it!" they smiled just fine.

You're Right Purty

I think the fellow is smitten, the woman maybe not so much. The thought balloon over her head could well read, "Golly, if he comes on to me once more, I'll scream."

The six folks in the right half of the photo form quite a tableau. I like the direct gaze of the other young woman. The uniformed guy probably was there looking for a hat that fit.

Can I buy you a blanket?

Did the flirting couple eventually tie the knot after being fired for not paying attention on the job?

Office Romance!

Holy cats, would you look at those two sweethearts gazing into each other's eyes over the water glass? That is the sweetest thing I've seen on Shorpy in many a day. All the figures around them just melt into the background as they eyes are drawn in - and I'm sure that's how it felt for them, too!

Makes me want to run out and but a plaid cotton/wool Army blanket.

Destiny

Methinks the guy under the box and the woman in front of the uniform are destined for bigger things.

 
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