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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • A YEAR OF GOOD READING AHEAD

WW2, The Gallery

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.

 

On Second Thought: 1939

On Second Thought: 1939

September 1939. "Sign along the road near Capulin, New Mexico." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Official Business: 1942

Official Business: 1942

October 1942. Milwaukee, Wis. "Women in war. Supercharger plant workers. To replace men who have been called to armed service, many young girls like 19-year-old Jewel Halliday are taking jobs never before held by women. Her job is shuttling workers between two Midwest war plants for Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Co." Photo by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Top Guns: 1945

Top Guns: 1945

Somewhere in the Pacific circa 1945. "Navy sailors at paint shop." 4x5 negative from the archives of Lt. Joseph Zinni, U.S. Army Signal Corps. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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