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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • WORLD'S FAIR POSTERS

WW2, The Gallery

Bottled Up: 1943

Bottled Up: 1943

        UPDATE: Our astute commenters wasted no time in locating the photo in Minneapolis; Shorpy member "billymaz" identified the structure as a remnant of the 1886 Minneapolis Industrial Exposition Building. The building's final owner, the Coca-Cola Company, tore it down in 1940 to make room for a new bottling plant, leaving just the northwest tower, which stood for a few more years as a vestige of what was once one of the most prominent buildings in the city. (MNopedia)

This uncaptioned circa 1943 photo taken for the Office of War Information shows a brick tower, probably in the Upper Midwest, repurposed as advertising for War Bonds and Coca-Cola. Who'll be the first to tell us where this is? View full size.

 

Pearl Refused: 1943

Pearl Refused: 1943

January 1943. Washington, D.C. "Pearl Ginsburg refused to have her boardinghouse rent raised." Medium format nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Service Shop: 1943

Service Shop: 1943

June 1943. Arlington, Virginia. "Service shop in Idaho Hall, Arlington Farms, a residence for women who work in the U.S. government for the duration of the war. These shops, one in each residence hall, sell cosmetics, drugs, sandwiches, Cokes, etc." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Plumber's Helpers: 1942

Plumber's Helpers: 1942

November 1942. Lititz, Pennsylvania. "Scrap collection drive. Each household placed its contribution on the sidewalk. It was then picked up by local trucks whose owners had volunteered their services for civilian defense. The scrap outside a plumber's house consists of pipes." (Kids not included.) Medium format negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Pardon My Rack: 1943

Pardon My Rack: 1943

January 1943. Washington, D.C. "Girl in the doorway of her room at a boarding­house." With photographer Esther Bubley (or sister Enid) front and center. Medium format negative for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Electric Angel: 1943

Electric Angel: 1943

January 1943. Washington, D.C. "This Office of Price Administration clerk, speaking of her boardinghouse room, says: 'The light looks like an angel when I leave the shade off, so I do so'." Photo by Esther Bubley. View full size.

 

Air Noir: 1943

Air Noir: 1943

July 1943. Greenville, South Carolina. "Air Service Command. Enlisted man folding up his gas mask to hang on the wall after having worn it all day." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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