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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Fenno Jacobs

Nick Grillo: 1942

Nick Grillo: 1942

May 1942. Southington, Connecticut. "As a boy in Italy, Nick Grillo dreamed of America and its opportunity. He saved enough money for boat passage to this country. Today, after 22 years, he is one of the world's outstanding floriculturists, developer of the famous Thornless Rose, an age-old dream of his craft." Medium format Kodachrome transparency by Fenno Jacobs. View full size.

 

Meet Me at the Fair: 1942

Meet Me at the Fair: 1942

May 1942. Amusement park outside Southington, Connecticut. View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Fenno Jacobs, Farm Security Administration.

 

Southington: 1942

Southington: 1942

May 1942. Offices of the Southington News in Southington, Connecticut. 3x4 Kodachrome transparency by Fenno Jacobs for the OWI. View full size. After researching this post we find that stop signs in the U.S. were yellow until 1954.

 

Parade Day: 1942

Parade Day: 1942

August 1942. Children stage a "patriotic demonstration" at the Beecher Street School in Southington, Conn. View full size. Kodachrome by Fenno Jacobs.

 

Miss Liberty: 1942

Miss Liberty: 1942

May 1942. Emily Schwak, Queen of the May at the Beecher Street School in Southington, Connecticut, where the children put on a patriotic display. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Fenno Jacobs.

 

Memorial Day: 1942

Memorial Day: 1942

May 1942. Patriotic display at the Beecher Street School in Southington, Conn. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Fenno Jacobs.

 
 
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