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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Cars+Trucks

Girls in Convertible

Girls in Convertible

Another found snapshot. Can someone please identify the car? [It's a 1940 Buick. - Dave] View full size.

Speed Racer: 1941

Speed Racer: 1941

December 1941. White Motor Company, Cleveland. "The chassis of an Army halftrack scout car get a workout. When this test driver at a large Midwest plant has put the machine through its paces, he'll know if it meets the exacting specifications of the Army." View full size. 4x5 negative by Alfred Palmer.

 

Mobilized: December 1941

Mobilized: December 1941

December 1941. "New recruits for America's armies. Scout cars ready for delivery. White Motor Company, Cleveland, Ohio." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Old Reliable: 1942

Old Reliable: 1942

June 1942. Fort Knox, Kentucky. "Infantryman with halftrack. A young soldier sights his Garand rifle like an old-timer. He likes the piece for its fine firing qualities and its rugged, dependable mechanism." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Waiting in Memphis: 1943

Waiting in Memphis: 1943

September 1943. "Greyhound bus trip from Louisville, Kentucky, to Memphis, Tennessee. Waiting for the bus at the Memphis terminal." View full size. Medium-format negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.

 

West Memphis: 1935

West Memphis: 1935

October 1935. "Street musicians. Blind fiddler. West Memphis, Arkansas." 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Terminal Lunch: 1943

Terminal Lunch: 1943

September 1943. "Greyhound bus station in Indianapolis." View full size. Medium-format negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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