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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

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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.

 

Old Union: 1937

Old Union: 1937

January 1937. "Man who works in the packinghouse at Deerfield, Florida." Our second visit to this pop stand. Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration View full size.

 

Joint Maneuvers: 1943

Joint Maneuvers: 1943

April 1943. Washington, D.C. "Slightly inebriated couple at the Sea Grill." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Clark's Corner: 1937

Clark's Corner: 1937

January 1937. Brevard County, Florida. "Roadstand near Cocoa." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Hot Shoppes Hotties: 1941

Hot Shoppes Hotties: 1941

December 1941. Washington, D.C. "Girls in Hot Shoppes restaurant." Medium format negative by John Collier, Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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