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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

WW2, The Gallery

Speed Racer: 1941

Speed Racer: 1941

December 1941. White Motor Company, Cleveland. "The chassis of an Army halftrack scout car get a workout. When this test driver at a large Midwest plant has put the machine through its paces, he'll know if it meets the exacting specifications of the Army." 4x5 negative by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 

Pajama Squadron: 1942

Pajama Squadron: 1942

May 1942. Parris Island, South Carolina. "Instructors at leisure after a full day at the U.S. Marine Corps glider detachment training camp." From photos by Alfred Palmer and Pat Terry for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Old Noodle: 1942

The Old Noodle: 1942

July 1942. "Posting ceiling prices in foreign languages. Charles Ruggiero, clerk in a grocery store in New York's Italian section, wishes the handful of spaghetti he is breaking were Mussolini's neck. The ceiling price sign above his head, written in Italian, is helping to defeat Il Duce by controlling inflation, one of America's most dangerous enemies." Medium format negative by Howard Liberman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Spritzed by an Angel: 1942

Spritzed by an Angel: 1942

November 1942. Babies' Hospital, New York. "Nurse training. Nurses learn the care of patients suffering from burns. Here, the nurse paints a boy's burned back with sulfathiazole. The treatment of burns is of much public interest in these days of warfare on civilian populations with incendiary bombs." Medium format nitrate negative by Fritz Henle for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Sunday Dinner: 1942

Sunday Dinner: 1942

May 1942. "Southington, Connecticut. The family of Ralph Hurlbut. A Sunday dinner honoring Corporal Robert Hurlbut, twenty-one, home on his first furlough from the Army. All of the Hurlbuts are on hand for the occasion, including the married and grandchildren. Corporal Robert is not the only Hurlbut serving his country. The elder Hurlbut (far left) works in a defense plant and Mrs. Hurlbut and all of the children old enough are enrolled in various American voluntary services." Photo by Fenno Jacobs, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Swing Shift: 1943

Swing Shift: 1943

April 1943. Buffalo, New York. "Swing-shift workers on the sidelines at the weekly swingshift dance held at the Main-Utica ballroom." Medium format negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Naval Escort: 1943

Naval Escort: 1943

April 1943. Montgomery County, Maryland. "Servicemen and their girls at the Glen Echo amusement park." Medium format nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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