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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA'S SUNNIEST CAPITAL, c1950

WW2, The Gallery

Chill Clothes: 1942

Chill Clothes: 1942

October 1942. "Health measures for low home temperatures. The American male, accustomed to heavy clothing indoors and out, probably won't mind the lower home temperatures imposed by the government's fuel oil limitation order; but the ladies had better adopt costumes of warmer materials made with long sleeves to ward off the chill air this winter." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Albert Freeman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Either Ore: 1943

Either Ore: 1943

January 1943. "Production. Zinc. Cars for transporting zinc and lead ore. From the Eagle-Picher Mining & Smelting Co. plant near Cardin, Oklahoma, come great quantities of zinc and lead to serve many important purposes in the war effort." Photo by Fritz Henle for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Desk Job: 1942

Desk Job: 1942

            " -- and where do you see yourself in five years?"

1942. "Salvage. Stacking chips in the game of war. Even better, if possible, than the individual citizen, American industry has learned to waste nothing. With every ounce of steel and steel scrap vital to the war, this employee of the Boston & Maine Railroad has been assigned the job of sorting steel washers. Here, as in all industry today, anything reusable is put back into service; the remainder becomes scrap to feed the nation's insatiable steel mills." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Albert Freeman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Lil Scrappers: 1942

Lil Scrappers: 1942

October 1942. "Manpower, junior size. The charge of the scrap brigade in Roanoke, Virginia, includes such methods of collecting as this pony cart. The patriotic and energetic youngsters of the town are making an all-out effort to corner every available piece of scrap in the city, so that their soldier and sailor brothers will have the shells, guns, and tanks with which to beat the Axis." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Valentino Sarra for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Torch of Liberty: 1942

The Torch of Liberty: 1942

September 1942. "Automobile salvage. Automobile bodies are usually cut into four pieces so they can be readily loaded into a press for baling. The acetylene torch separates the lightweight body from the heavyweight steel frame of the car. Note: the auto has already been burned to remove all wooden parts, upholstery, oil, grease and other unusable and inflammable material." 4x5 nitrate negative by William Perlitch for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Wartime Rail: 1942

Wartime Rail: 1942

September 1942. The Kroger warehouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "Freight car movements. With transportation assuming vast new importance in wartime America, movement of freight cars must be accomplished with the fullest efficiency and speed. Loss and diversion of ocean carriers which served our seaboard cities have thrown an enormous burden upon the railroads." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Don't Drop This: 1943

Don't Drop This: 1943

December 1943. "Without engaging a hotel room, traveling servicemen may take a shower, shave, and wash and iron clothes at the United Nations service center." Another entry in Esther Bubley's curiously comprehensive series of photos for the Office of War Information, documenting shower facilities for enlisted men in wartime Washington, D.C. View full size.

 

War Scrap: 1942

War Scrap: 1942

July 1942. "Salvage. Chicago automobile graveyard. Idle scrap: It belongs in the scrap. Covering well over an acre, this automobile graveyard in Chicago holds tons of vital scrap metal and rubber for which Uncle Sam has urgent need in the manufacture of armaments and other war materials." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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