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Vintage photos of:
February 1942. "Portrait of a mistreated vacuum cleaner. It's in the repair shop because it inhaled bits of metal, pieces of wire, hairpins, and other harmful objects. Keep the machine away from such things, clean the brushes and belt regularly, and empty the bag at least once a week." Actually, if your Hoover looks anything like this, you should probably just incinerate it by burning down your filthy house. Photo by Ann Rosener, Office for Emergency Management. View full size.
1958. "Photos show life in Texas. Coverage is broad. Among the many subjects covered are ranching, rodeos, the Texas State Fair." Somewhere in there was this buckaroo and his Buick. From photos by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment "Revolution in Texas: Change on the Range." View full size.
Promoters of a proposed "national highway" that would traverse the continent via Washington from New York to Southern California.
Circa 1926. "Mrs. J.A. Whitcomb (Official Car, Lee Highway Association, Cross Continent Trip, at White House)." National Photo glass negative. View full size.
October 1943. Washington, D.C. "Servicemen and girl at a party." Our title comes from the bookshelf, although it could be from the girl. Strategically, her companion has the right idea: Get your lady comfortable with food and drink, and maybe a pillow. Add conversation and stir. Operationally, though, we'd say the execution needs work. Photo by Esther Bubley, Office of War Information. View full size.
August 1942. "Testing small diameter, high-speed twist drills, these women employed by Republic Drill & Tool, Chicago, roll the drills down a slight incline to determine regularity of diameter. It's a job requiring patience and finger dexterity, and these young women possess those definite feminine propensities for just such work." Photo by Ann Rosener, Office of War Information. View full size.