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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SKI FUN IN QUÉBEC, 1930s

WW2, The Gallery

The Family Guy: 1942

The Family Guy: 1942

October 1942. Passaic, N.J. "Factory owner Stanley A. Carlson, organizer of home machine shops for defense work. Carlson greeted by his family when he returns home." Photo by Marjory Collins, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Keep 'Em Sailing: 1942

Keep 'Em Sailing: 1942

May 1942. "Twenty-four hours a day the sparks from acetylene torches of steel workers in eight Denver fabricating plants are flying thick and fast that the U.S. Navy may carry the battle to the enemy in all parts of the world. Here in secluded Denver, the world's largest city not on a navigable waterway, this war production worker, who has never seen a battleship or an ocean, fashions the steel hull parts which are being assembled at Mare Island Navy Yard in California -- 1,200 miles from where he and his fellow workers are on the job to help 'keep 'em sailing'." Office of War Information, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

War Ore: 1942

War Ore: 1942

November 1942. "Loading copper ore at the open-pit mining operations of Utah Copper Company at Bingham Canyon." Medium format nitrate negative by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Springtime for Hitler: 1943

Springtime for Hitler: 1943

June 1943. Tunisia. "A German military cemetery on the outskirts of Tunis." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Intensive Car Care: 1919

Intensive Car Care: 1919

March 17, 1919. "Interior of main garage of American Red Cross, 79 Rue Laugier, Paris, France." 5x7 glass negative by Henri A. Coles. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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