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August 1943. "Middle River, Md. Farm Security Administration housing for Glenn L. Martin aircraft plant workers" is the general caption for this group of photos by John Collier. Unfortunately there are no specifics as to what exactly is going on here. Comments now open for alternate-title suggestions. View full size.
13,000 Win Applause in OCD Parade
An estimated 150,000 spectators joined with approximately 13,000 marchers in the Civilian Defense parade last night in the opening of a drive for 22,000 civilian defense volunteers, giving Washington its largest demonstration of unity during the war, and by so doing served notice on the Axis that America's home front is well guarded. -- Washington Post, July 31, 1943
July 30, 1943. Washington, D.C. "Office of Civilian Defense. Spectators watching the parade to recruit civilian defense volunteers." Medium format nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.
Larkspur, California July 4, 1974. The beginning of the parade is heading this way on Magnolia Avenue, just passing the crowd at the right gathered in front of the Silver Peso bar, still a major draw downtown. The fire trucks are from Larkspur and Corte Madera, who jointly host the Twin Cities Parade and other festivities each year. If there's any lingering doubt about this being the 1970s, I offer in evidence: that guy's pants. I shot this 35mm Kodacolor II negative with a 135mm telephoto lens. View full size.
October 1919. "Nash Flier -- California Highway Motor Train in San Francisco." A publicity stunt showcasing the nascent field of long-distance trucking as facilitated by the "giant pneumatic tire." The cargo here being Sperry's Drifted Snow Flour. 6½ x 8½ glass negative from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.