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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Building a new home

Building a new home

Siegen, Germany, 1956. My grandparents building their new house.

Who's building?

He's supervising and has the lumber handy after she gets done with the brick work. :) This is neat, before WWII work attire was much different than what we're used to.

Why Not?

Why not wear a suit when building a house? I have a friend who wears French cuff dress shirts and a tie while working in his garden. Very old school, indeed.

Clothing choice

Was this a staged photo, I wonder, or did this man really build his house while wearing a three-piece suit?

 
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