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Nine of Spades: 1941

Nine of Spades: 1941

        The stakes in this cryptic card game are getting both higher and lower.

Summer 1941. "Detroit, Michigan. Girls playing cards and drinking Coca-Cola." Photo by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Time Machine

Many pictures on Shorpy have made me wish I had a time machine. This picture has me building one.

Vital Info

Thanks, Mr. Siegel, for your increasingly vital reports for the Office of War Information.

Looking out my back door

Has anyone else noticed it's dark outside, the windows are open, the blinds are up, and they're doing THIS?

Avert those eyes

A gentleman would not have known that was the nine of spades. I am shocked.

Interested Observer

I'm a father and a grandfather but as a U.S. Marine many years ago got into saloons and bawdy houses on three continents. I'm OK with anything that goes on as somebody who has seen much but two recent photos with this trio tells me that the lady in the middle is way too interested with the lady on the left.


She must suck. At cards.

I hope this series has several more shots.


These photos are all scenes from a play titled "Waiting for Bettie Page."

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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