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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Madonna of the Sandbags: 1942

Madonna of the Sandbags: 1942

"Noontime rest for a full-fledged assembly worker at the Long Beach, Calif., plant of Douglas Aircraft Company." October 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

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Sandra's Mom

Yes, looks a lot like Sandra Bullock's mom.

Looks like Kate Beckinsale

Looks like Kate Beckinsale in Pearl Harbor...

I was wrong

It appears there *were* pretty girls back then. I guess they just stayed out of the beach beauties contests...

Sandy Bullock is still young enought for me!

Self-explanatory, but true.

Star Quality

She looks like a young Sandra Bullock

Pretty girl 2

She has a tear on her sleeve, her button holes are worn
but she dressed up her outfit with the brooch, she must have had class, she was beautiful, I bet some G.I. had her picture on him in the war.

[That was dirt on the transparency, not a rip in her sleeve. Now gone. - Dave]

Beautiful young woman, and

Beautiful young woman, and if she's still alive today, she's in her 80's, wrinkled and old. Wonder what happened during those in-between decades.

pretty girl

is that a pencil in her ear?

Nice brooch

Is that a tiki or African motif?

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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