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A Game of Cards: 1941

A Game of Cards: 1941

Detroit. "Summer 1941. Girls playing cards and drinking Coca-Cola." Which is how these things often begin. The first in a curious series of photos taken by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. More to come. View full size.

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Don't you think

...because there are three women....and six envelopes...and its shot for the War Information Office, that perhaps they are playing cards with their husbands overseas, or some 'long distance' players?

Not canasta

The cards aren't the right size. I could believe two-deck pinochle, though, which you can play three-handed.

Triple Play

Cards, Coke and Camels. Life is good.

Probably Not Canasta

I doubt the ladies were playing Canasta. My maternal relatives played it all the time, and it involved the use of a special tray from which you picked cards and placed discards.

Whoa! Camel non-filters! That's the way to go alright!

Smoldering butts

Ah, the stench of a used ashtray. Just seeing one brings back unpleasant memories.

Ever try drinking Coke through a straw?

It really sucks. Nearly impossible, because of all the bubbles. And can someone please tell me why the "hands" are being played on all those envelopes? Curious, indeed.

Caption addenda

"... and, of course, smoking." I want to say they're playing canasta; perhaps some card sharps out there will confirm/deny that.

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