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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BUENOS AIRES, c. 1950

WW2, The Gallery

The Winter of 65

The Winter of 65

October 1942. "Health measures for low indoor temperatures. Planning to spend a winter evening at home? Better dress for it the way these attractive government workers do, for homes will be kept to 65 degrees this year due to Federal fuel oil limitation orders. Slacks and warm robes mean comfort under lower temper­atures." Photo by Albert Freeman, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

North to the Future: 1942

North to the Future: 1942

Circa 1942. "Alaska Defense Command. At mail shack with mess kit." And now to catch up on the news! 120 film negative from an estate sale. View full size.

 

Eunice the Grinder: 1942

Eunice the Grinder: 1942

August 1942. "Women in industry. A million-dollar baby, not in terms of money but in her value to Uncle Sam, 21-year-old Eunice Hancock, erstwhile five-and-ten-cent store employee, operates a compressed-air grinder in a Midwest aircraft plant. With no previous experience, Eunice (last seen here) quickly mastered the techniques of her war job and today is turning out motor parts with speed and skill." Photo by Ann Rosener, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

A Second Helping: 1942

A Second Helping: 1942

June 1942. Meanwhile, back in Chicago, we return to the Kassalo family kitchen for a another helping of "American as the Smiths and Joneses." Photo by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Made in America: 1942

Made in America: 1942

June 1942. Chicago, Illinois. "Manpower. Americans all. His war job with Pressed Steel Can Car Company gives Michael Kassalo an extra good appetite. Operating a vertical turret lathe in a Midwest tank plant, Michael is one of many hundreds of first- and second-generation Americans whose sole purpose during working hours is to get as many tanks as possible off the lines and ready for shipment to the fighting fronts. Michael's grandparents, with whom he lives, cling to the Slavic language and to many 'Old Country' customs, but Michael and his brothers and sisters are as American as the Smiths and Joneses." Photo by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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