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Bad Example: 1942

Bad Example: 1942

June 1942. "Industrial safety. Accident prevention. The employee who carries in such a way as to obscure his vision is not saving time -- he is endangering himself and his fellow workers. A few extra trips, or the use of a truck when necessary, eliminates possible man-hour loss from this hazard." Photo by Howard Liberman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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Face of a boy.
Arms of a man.
Trousers of an accountant.

That medallion

appears to be a watch fob, for a pocket watch. Its other end would be in the watch pocket, once a common feature of men's trousers. As for the medallion, that appears to show the Great Seal of the United States, as seen on the right side of the reverse of our one dollar bill, and also used on military cap devices and other military and government applications. Would be nice to have sufficient resolution to read whatever is around the outside.

It's a watch fob

Attached by a leather strap to a pocket watch. It was a convenient way to keep your watch safe and accessible.

By this time the wristwatch had largely supplanted the pocket watch but some men held to them and not just as a fashion accessory.

My wife's grandfather was a plumber and his hands were always grimy, so he used a fob to save wear and tear on his pockets. I suspect he might have thought it safer than having a strap on his wrist, asking to get caught in whatever he was working on.

My wife still has his fob, old and worn, but when new much like the one in the picture.

Lazy man's load

My grandmother would have called that a lazy man's load, where a caution against accidental breakage of the box content is outweighed by desire to minimize the number of trips. She was right.


Any idea what that medallion is hanging from his belt?


What about the poor fellow's back??

Look what you did to my shirt...

A ringer for Peter Lorre!

Is that you, Sach?

This guy looks a lot like Huntz Hall, who played Horace Debussy "Sach" Jones in the Bowery Boys comedies back in the '40s and '50s.

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