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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

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Mod Cafe: 1943

Mod Cafe: 1943

Sept. 3, 1943. "U.S.O. canteen, Penn Station, Harrisburg, Pa. Serving bar." Our second look at this proto-Googie extravaganza, brought to you by Travelers Aid and the Pennsylvania Railroad. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

U.S.O. Canteen: 1943

U.S.O. Canteen: 1943

Sept. 3, 1943. "Harrisburg, Pa., U.S.O. -- Pennsylvania Railroad Canteen & Lounge, interior." Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Oke Doke: 1939

Oke Doke: 1939

January 1939. "Nightclub along highway. Williamson County, Illinois." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Try Our Golden Crumpets

Try Our Golden Crumpets

1950s. Wellington, New Zealand. "Interior of Sunshine Milk Bar lined with booths, photographed by K.E. Niven & Co." Large-format acetate negative, K.E. Niven & Co. Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library. View full size.

 

Needle's Eye: 1943

Needle's Eye: 1943

March 1943. Needles, California. "General view of street leading to depot of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Happy Meals: 1943

Happy Meals: 1943

September 1943. "Restaurant sign on the bus route through Indiana to Chicago." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Second Helping: 1942

Second Helping: 1942

May 1942. "Southington, Conn. Monty's Diner." It's these guys, and they're back. (Actually, their front.) Photo by Fenno Jacobs for the OWI. View full size.

 
 
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