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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

J. Collier

Save Room for Dessert: 1942

Save Room for Dessert: 1942

Spring 1942. "Little girl on a farm in Maryland, learning to eat vitamins. 'Balanced meal' on the table of a Farm Security Administration client in Calvert County." Photo by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

A Foggy Day: 1941

A Foggy Day: 1941

October 1941. "Freight and passenger station. Fort Hunter, New York." Continuing our jaunt Upstate, courtesy of John Collier. View full size.

 

Coal and Coke: 1941

Coal and Coke: 1941

October 1941. "Main store. Fort Hunter, New York." Still on tap: some of that "New Spring" Mobilgas. Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

Let's Eat: 1943

Let's Eat: 1943

August 1943. "Middle River, Maryland. A Farm Security Administration housing project for Glenn L. Martin aircraft workers. A worker's family in their trailer home." Photo by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Pit-Women: 1943

Pit-Women: 1943

June 1943. "Turkey Pond, near Concord, New Hampshire. Women workers employed by U.S. Department of Agriculture timber salvage sawmill. Ruth DeRoche and Norma Webber, 18-year-old 'pit-women,' relaxing after lunch." Photo by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Peas Train: 1942

Peas Train: 1942

Sept. 1942. "Special train carrying agricultural workers to upper New York state to work in the harvest." Our second look at the high schoolers recruited by the Farm Security Administration amid a wartime labor shortage to travel from Richwood, West Virginia, to Batavia, New York, to help bring in the fall harvest of tomatoes, apples and other crops. Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

Field Trip: 1942

Field Trip: 1942

      Two of some 300 West Virginians recruited by the Farm Security Administration to travel to Upstate New York for the fall harvest of peaches, apples, tomatoes and other crops, part of a "Food for Victory" campaign occasioned by the wartime manpower shortage.

September 1942. "High school boys and girls going by special train from Richwood, West Virginia, to upper New York state to help bring in the harvest." Photo by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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