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String of Pearls: 1941

String of Pearls: 1941

Detroit, summer 1941. Our third look at a series of photos taken by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. The first few are labeled "Girls playing cards and drinking Coca-Cola." Then the caption disappears, and the rest of the photos bear the notation "This image in jacket marked 'killed'." View full size.


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Inside of a year, they'll be writing to beaux absent in harms way, riveting skin to B-17 airframes for twelve hours at a time, and looking back with longing to peacetime evenings of cards with "the girls" and some Pall Malls.

Bad luck and shoes

According to my late mom, the bad luck associated with shoes had to do with putting them on the bed. Best to be safe and avoid both!

Dave is a tease

This looks like the game has gone into strip poker. Could Dave be holding out on photos from later in the evening?

[Don't I have enough to do emptying these ashtrays? - Dave]

Still Smoking

And they apparently finished the pack of Pall Malls that was on the Encyclopedia.

I'll raise you

my lizard shoes, and a string of pearls.

The night is getting longer

With the Andrews Sisters on the radio singing "Drinking Rum and Coca Colaaa."

Uh Oh

Strip polka

Is that what we're seeing?

With shoes and pearls on the table, are we starting a late-night strip-poker game?

After all, the ladies are full of Coca-Cola.

No shoes on the table!

It's "bad luck" according to the other half.

Ashtrays full,

Coke bottles empty, down to shoes and jewelry. It's been a tough night.

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