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September 1942. "Tires need checking too? Shifting trends of employment in wartime America have opened up new jobs for women such as this young East Liverpool, Ohio, girl who has pioneered in two new fields since graduation from high school. She learned butchering first, and built up quite a reputation as a purveyor of choice cuts. Now she's one of the most efficient service station attendants in the neighborhood. Her name? Virginia Excell." Photo by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.
Fall 1942. "War production drive. Anthracite rallies. Jeep headlights form V for Victory at the night rally for Pennsylvania anthracite miners in Wilkes-Barre on Sept. 29. Similar rallies were held in other anthracite cities from Sept. 28 through Oct. 1." Photo by William Perlitch, Office of War Information. View full size.
Extra credit assignment: Identify the cars. (The answers: 1960 Ford Starliner on the left; 1960 Studebaker Lark on the right.)
Spring 1960. "Efforts of John F. Kennedy's campaign team, including members of his family, in West Virginia during Kennedy's quest for the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination. Includes brother Bob at a drive-in in Bluefield." From photos by Bob Lerner for the Look magazine article "The Kennedys: A Family Political Machine." 35mm negative. View full size.