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New York, 1909. Balkline billiards champion Calvin Demarest, six years before he was committed to an insane asylum after attacking his wife with a knife. He died in 1925 at the age of 37. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. You can see Calvin in action at the pool table here.
December 1941. "The ordnance department must satisfy itself that every halftrac scout car turned over to it by a Midwest manufacturer is fit for Army duty. The department's own inspector gives it a thorough going over from bumper to bumper. White Motor Company, Cleveland, Ohio." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.
February 1942. "Don't let pretty labels on cans mislead you, but learn the difference between grades and the relative economy of buying larger instead of small cans. The Pure Food Law requires packers to state exact quantity and quality of canned products, so take advantage of this information and buy only after thorough inspection of labels." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Ann Rosener for the OWI. This woulda made a great Kodachrome.