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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Three Women: 1940

Three Women: 1940

Iowa, 1940. "Untitled." A rather enigmatic scene -- Iowa noir. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

1000 Yard Stare

I recognize that look. We women perfected it many, many generations ago.

Snapped

Candid photography was just one reason the 35mm rangefinder became an important tool. It changed the way we saw things. Small, silent and perfect for this application.

If only...

I wish I could see the background a bit better, because this almost looks like the train station in Osceola, Iowa. Still in use as the Amtrak station for the California Zephyr.

At the bus station

Ticket in hand? Phone booth against the wall? Popcorn machine near the window? Dressed for a fashionable arrival in St. Louis?

Greyhound

Interesting old popcorn machine next to the door. Bus station?

Waiting

One wonders what these ladies are waiting for, maybe to have a prescription filled? Whatever, they appear to be totally oblivious to the camera and are maintaining a rather stony silence.

 
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