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July 1943. "Myrtle Beach, S.C. Air Service Command. Mobile chief Technical Sergeant Vasile Choken, whose home is in Akron, Ohio. In civilian life he drove a truck, ran a filling station and spent two years in the Civilian Conservation Corps." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.
October 1910. Washington, Missouri. "Some of the boys working in Phoenix American Cob Pipe Factory. Smallest boy is Joe Krummel. See sign: 'Wanted -- Men and Boys.' Around corner was a sign, 'Girls Wanted.' Couldn't get any photos of girls." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.
Washington, D.C. "Sidney Lust -- Leader Theater." Circa 1920, a "de luxe showing" of the "The Spoilers," a 1914 melodrama based on Rex Beach's novel of corruption in the Alaska gold fields. The movie was remade in 1923 -- and again in 1930, 1942 and 1955. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.
July 1970 Our house and part of our yard shot on Kodachrome with a fisheye attachment. Around this time most of my father's grapevines were suffering from the phylloxera blight, which explains the non-living state of the Thompson Seedless vine on the arbor. View full size.
February 1942. "Ask the man who repairs one, and he'll tell you to turn the freeze control back to normal after quick-freezing ice-cubes or ice cream. If you leave it on high, foods will freeze and you'll waste electric current." Medium-format nitrate negative by Ann Rosener, Office of War Information. View full size.