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American Beauty: 1942

American Beauty: 1942

September 1942. "New York, New York. Getting a manicure while drying hair at Francois de Paris, a hairdresser on West Eighth Street." Medium format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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If there's one thing I do NOT miss from my childhood, it's having dirty ash trays everywhere!

Tight Lipped

If loose lips sink ships then tight lips keep the boats afloat. In truth, I wonder how much could be gleaned from the idle chatter of war time plant workers.

What came first?

The beehive hairdo or this style of hair dryer?

Smoke Break

Back when smoking was part of the beauty regimen.

Purpose of this photo

Was the Office of War Information trying to show that life was going on as usual, or were they chiding people who used resources (chemicals?) need for the war effort, for frivolous purposes.

[This was documentary photography. -Dave]

Cue Rosalind Russell:

A wonderful new manicurist, Olga's her name, she's marvellous. Isn't that divine? Jungle red!

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