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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VOLUNTEER FOR VICTORY

J. Collier

Chicken Man: 1941

Chicken Man: 1941

Fall 1941. Somewhere in Massachusetts or upstate New York. Plucking the bill of fare for a roadside chicken joint. Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

Eggs n Ale: 1941

Eggs n Ale: 1941

October 1941. "Young and old join the pilgrimage into the fall splendor of the Berkshires. Mohawk Trail, Massachusetts. State-owned camp and picnic site." Medium-format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.

 

Atlantic Ethyl: 1941

Atlantic Ethyl: 1941

October 1941. "Trucks on highway en route to Utica, New York." Decisions, decisions. Atlantic Ethyl or Esso Extra? Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

Ah, Wilderness: 1941

Ah, Wilderness: 1941

October 1941. "Mohawk Trail picnic park in Massachusetts. Folks from the mill towns come up on week-ends to view the fall foliage and read the Sunday paper." Medium-format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.

 

Sidewalk Symposium: 1941

Sidewalk Symposium: 1941

October 1941. "After school. Amsterdam, New York." See you at the soda shop. Medium-format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.

 

New Bedford Knitters: 1942

New Bedford Knitters: 1942

Spring 1942. "New Bedford, Massachusetts. Portuguese Girl Scouts." Medium format negative by John Collier, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

All My Children: 1942

All My Children: 1942

Spring 1942. New Bedford, Massachusetts. "Portuguese mother with pictures of her sons, who are all in service." Photo by John Collier, OWI. View full size.

 
 
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