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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Pretty Girls

Westward ...

Westward    ...

September 1943. "Greyhound bus trip from Louisville, Kentucky, to Memphis, Tennessee. This girl commutes daily to Memphis, where she goes to school." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Piece of Cake: 1953

Piece of Cake: 1953

        Why yes, we'd love some!

Circa 1953, "Actress Audrey Hepburn at home preparing and serving coffee and cake." From photos by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Read 'Em and Weep: 1941

Read 'Em and Weep: 1941

Detroit, summer 1941. "Girls playing cards and drinking Coca-Cola." The card table seems to have turned in this seventh installment of Arthur Siegel's mysterious photos for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Man-Cave Caboose: 1943

Man-Cave Caboose: 1943

January 1943. "Freight train operations on the Chicago & North Western Railroad between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa. The caboose is the conductor's second home. He always uses the same one and many conductors cook and sleep there while waiting for trains to take back from division points." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Nine of Spades: 1941

Nine of Spades: 1941

        The stakes in this cryptic card game are getting both higher and lower.

Summer 1941. "Detroit, Michigan. Girls playing cards and drinking Coca-Cola." Photo by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

You Loser: 1941

You Loser: 1941

      The next entry in this curious series of photos from the Office of War Information archive, taken by Arthur Siegel in the summer of 1941 in Detroit. We're now well into the subset of pictures bearing the notation "This image in jacket marked 'Killed'."

"Detroit, Michigan. Girls playing cards and drinking Coca-Cola." View full size.

 

The Babysitter: 1952

The Babysitter: 1952

L.A., August 1952. "Marilyn Monroe attending a publicity event for the film Don't Bother to Knock." Photo by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

 
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