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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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On the Town: 1944

On the Town: 1944

June 6, 1944. "Times Square and vicinity on D-Day. Watching the news line on the New York Times building." Office of War Information photo. View full size.

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Service Uniforms

The chap in the foreground is a member of the Coast Guard. Rolling the lover sleeve of the jumper to reveal (or not reveal) the existence of unauthorized adornment is an entire subcultural discussion. "Liberty Cuffs" is the operative term.

Coast Guard

The small white shield above the cuff of the first man's uniform indicates he is a member of the US Coast Guard.

Uncle Sam

My uncle Sam (no pun intended) landed on Omaha Beach that morning. He was seriously wounded, and carried a metal plate around in his skull for the rest of his life. Despite his injury, he was a gifted auto mechanic after the war. He passed away last year.

On a lighter note: the sailor holding open the door is sure letting a lot of that "air-cooling" escape from the theater....

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