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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

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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.

 

Lock the Car: 1937

Lock the Car: 1937

July 1937. "Georgia road sign." Photo by Dorothea Lange, who seems to have appreciated quirky signs. More to come later in the week. View full size.

 

Bar Mizpah: 1937

Bar Mizpah: 1937

August 1937. "Former bank, now a saloon. Mizpah, Minnesota." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

High Class Milk Bar: 1935

High Class Milk Bar: 1935

New Zealand circa 1935. "Milk Bar at the Opera House, Manners Street, Wellington. Next door to Plaza Theatre." Photo by Gordon Burt. View full size.

 

Lost Dog: 1939

Lost Dog: 1939

October 1939. "On U.S. 99 as it continues through Oregon. Lane County, Williamette Valley." Back in the day, this doggy sandwich stand was quite fetching. Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Oysters Any Style: 1939

Oysters Any Style: 1939

1939. Mobile, Alabama. "Collins store -- Royal Street near St. Louis Street." The Panama Cafe looks like our kind of place. Note the Dr Pepper truck in the alley. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Mexican Holiday: 1953

Mexican Holiday: 1953

Circa 1953. "Actress Audrey Hepburn with dining companion in Mexico." From photos by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

 
 
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