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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT, WWII

Safe at Home: 1942

Safe at Home: 1942

Fall 1942. "War production drive. Anthracite rallies. Jeep headlights form V for Victory at the night rally for Pennsylvania anthracite miners in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 29. Similar rallies were held in other anthracite cities from Sept. 28 through Oct. 1." Photo by William Perlitch, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Sweet Chariot: 1956

Sweet Chariot: 1956

Jan. 17, 1956. "Raymond Loewy's Jaguar car. No. 8." Happy 120th birthday to the famed industrial designer. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

A Close Shave: 1958

A Close Shave: 1958

New Zealand circa 1958. "Men's underwear being modeled, photographed by K.E. Niven & Co. of Wellington." Alexander Turnbull Library negative. View full size.

 

Darken My Door: 1943

Darken My Door: 1943

Circa 1943. "Civilian defense in the United States. Blackout measures." For the especially conscientious. Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Chicken in the Ruff: 1960

Chicken in the Ruff: 1960

        Extra credit assignment: Identify the cars. (The answers: 1960 Ford Starliner on the left; 1960 Studebaker Lark on the right.)

Spring 1960. "Efforts of John F. Kennedy's campaign team, including members of his family, in West Virginia during Kennedy's quest for the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination. Includes brother Bob at a drive-in in Bluefield." From photos by Bob Lerner for the Look magazine article "The Kennedys: A Family Political Machine." 35mm negative. View full size.

 

VicPenn: 1943

VicPenn: 1943

March 1943. "New Orleans oil truck." Note the wings atop the tank. Medium format negative by John Vachon, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

J-Ride: 1950

J-Ride: 1950

Publicity photo from late 1950 for the Kaiser "Henry J," a small car (named after company chairman Henry J. Kaiser) that was a few years ahead of its time. By 1954, the Henry J had tootled off into oblivion. View full size.

 
 
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