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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

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Lunch With Lynn and Hugh: 1943

Lunch With Lynn and Hugh: 1943

December 1943. Washington, D.C. "Hugh and Lynn Massman eating lunch at a cafeteria after a day of sightseeing. Their eight-week-old son is being taken care of at the United Nations service center nursery." View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.

 

Dolled Up: 1939

Dolled Up: 1939

1939. Ladies who lunch in Washington, D.C., with the toy department as a backdrop. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by David Myers.

 

An Evil Smell: 1938

An Evil Smell: 1938

Summer 1938. Hamburger stand at the Buckeye Lake amusement park near Columbus. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn, who goes on to describe the place: "Buckeye Lake is the weekend and summer months resort for all of central Ohio. Its patrons are clerks, Columbus politicians, laborers, businessmen, droves of high school and college students. The rich occupy one side of the lake, the rest rent cottages on the other side. It has an evil reputation and an evil smell. It has furnished Columbus and the neighboring small towns and cities with dancing, cottaging, swimming, etc. for several generations. This is the most unsavory place the photographer ran across in Ohio." But how are the hot dogs?

 

Floyd's Place: 1938

Floyd's Place: 1938

Summer 1938. More of Floyd's Place: "Roadside inn, Central Ohio. The figure of the body, originally distributed to advertise the Newark Indian Mounds, has been redecorated." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the FSA.

 

6 Gals $1

6 Gals $1

Summer 1938. "Tourist signs in Central Ohio." From a series of photos taken along Route 40. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the FSA.

Red Robin: 1941

Red Robin: 1941

"Cold drinks on the Fourth of July" at the Red Robin Coffee Shop in Vale, Oregon. The year was 1941. Can we stay just a little longer? View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Tasty Hamburgers: 1941

Tasty Hamburgers: 1941

April 1941. "Lunch wagon for Negroes. Chicago, Illinois." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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