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The Art of Selling: 1941

The Art of Selling: 1941

July 1941. "Detroit, Michigan. Head of the art department at the Crowley-Milner department store." Which for the better part of the 20th century occupied this building. Photo by Arthur Siegel, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

A Toast: 1940

A Toast: 1940

Summer 1940. "'Venetian Night' party at the Detroit Yacht Club, whose members represent the wealthier class of manufacturers. Commodore and girls drinking." Happy New Year from Shorpy! Photo by Arthur Siegel. View full size.

 

Frigidaire: 1941

Frigidaire: 1941

July 1941. "Detroit, Michigan. Buying a refrigerator at the Crowley-Milner department store." Here we see Mr. Salesman explaining the ice maker, which employs a "tray." Large-format negative by Arthur S. Siegel. View full size.

 

Passing the Chief: 1943

Passing the Chief: 1943

March 1943. "Summit, California (vicinity). Passing an eastbound passenger train, the Chief, while coming down the mountain on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Barstow and San Bernardino." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Working Lunch: 1941

Working Lunch: 1941

December 1941. "Workmen at lunch hour on emergency office space construction job. Washington, D.C." Period details: milk bottle, waxed paper, painters' caps. Medium-format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.

 

Let's Chill: 1943

Let's Chill: 1943

March 1943. "San Bernardino, California. Cars being precooled at the ice plant. Air at a temperature of 20 degrees Fahrenheit is blown through the cars for 20 minutes in one direction, then in the other. Shippers specify the number of hours precooling required for their product." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

City of Toledo: 1903

City of Toledo: 1903

Detroit circa 1903. "Steamer City of Toledo." Sidewheeler smoke on the water. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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