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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Meet Me at the Fair: 1940

Meet Me at the Fair: 1940

At the Pie Town Fair, Sept. 1940. Kodachrome by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Immortals

The details are stunning and the fact that they were inducted in such a precise manner ... forever?

Homesteader Jeans

The label on the boy's overalls appears to say HOMESTEADER. I am not positive. I can barely make it out. If so, is that a brand name, like Levi's or is it something else?

[Homesteader was a Montgomery Ward brand. A 1937 ad shows boys' overalls on sale for 48 cents! - Dave]

I love the quality of these

I love the quality of these images -- they're so very well composed and the color is terrific.

 
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