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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

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Under the Hood: 1943

Under the Hood: 1943

June 1943. "Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Miss Frances Heisler, a garage attendant at one of the Atlantic Refining Company garages. She was formerly a clerk in the payroll department of Curtis Publishing." Our fourth visit to this gas station. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Mr. Hi-Fi of 1955

Mr. Hi-Fi of 1955

April 1955. "Duke Ellington and band members playing baseball in front of their segregated motel while touring in Florida." Who'll be first to locate the Astor? From photos by Charlotte Brooks (who died this month at age 95) for the Look magazine assignment "A Living Legend Swings On." View full size.

Hill Street: 1942

Hill Street: 1942

April 1942. "South Hill Street, Los Angeles." Now playing at the Warner: The Male Animal. Photo by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Nash on Nails: 1922

Nash on Nails: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Lee Tire Co. test." The tire to get if you plan on driving over dozens of nails simultaneously. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Ex-Okie: 1952

Ex-Okie: 1952

1952. "Photographs show families who migrated to California during the Dust Bowl years. People pictured include Mr. & Mrs. Dinwiddie with daughter Ruth and grandchildren Margaret and Bobby." From photos by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment "What's Become of the Okies?" View full size.

Pale Driver: 1941

Pale Driver: 1941

January 1941. "Guest at Sarasota, Florida, trailer park washing his car." This would be Mr. White from Virginia. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Inside Track: 1943

Inside Track: 1943

April 1943. Baltimore, Maryland. "Trucks and trains unloading goods underneath elevated trolley." Medium format negative by Marjory Collins. View full size.

 
 
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