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June 1942. "Why greases must be saved. A soldier of the home front -- and there's one in every American kitchen -- saves all waste fats and greases so that they can be processed into ammunition for America's soldiers on the battlefronts. Pan and broiler drippings, deep fats, renderings from bacon rinds: These are some of the fats which should be put through a strainer to remove meat scraps and other solids, and poured into wide-mouthed cans such as coffee or fat cans." 4x5 safety negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.
March 1945. Ramitelli, Italy. 332nd Army Air Forces Fighter Group. "Tuskegee airman Edward C. Gleed of Lawrence, Kansas, Class 42-K, with two crewmen adjusting an external 75 gallon drop tank on the wing of the P-51D Creamer's Dream." View full size. Medium format negative by Toni Frissell.
October 1942. "Office employee Annette del Sur publicizing salvage campaign in yard of Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California. The earrings and hair ornaments are fashioned from aluminum turnings." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.