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April 1942. An unknown diner reading World War 2 headlines from the Detroit News in a downtown Detroit cafe. Photo taken by my grandfather, Howard McGraw, of the Detroit News. Scanned from a 4x5 negative. View full size.
Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On Dec. 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed. (Library of Congress)
1915. "Indians, American. Red Fox James at White House." With the State, War and Navy building as backdrop. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.
"Tedfords' party." In this latest installment of the the Linda Kodachromes, we reconnect with some of the beautiful people last seen here, making short work of that mid-century phenomenon known as the buffet supper, where servantless living meant tableless dining. 35mm color transparency. View full size.
June 1942. "Greenbelt, Maryland. Child's bedroom in which a 13-year-old boy has rigged up model trains and a chemical laboratory." Johnny's next project: Discover girls. Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.