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Field Trip: 1942

Field Trip: 1942

October 1942. "Manpower, junior size. Proud young fighters in Uncle Sam's junior army visit a scrap yard in Roanoke, Virginia, to see for themselves what happens to the scrap they collect for our war industries. One of the workers explains to the children how the acetylene torch he holds cuts heavy metal into the shapes required for melting by the steel mills." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Valentino Sarra for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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À la recherche du temps perdu

One of my earliest memories is of my grandmother removing the top and bottom of empty tin cans, stepping on the cylinder to flatten it, and placing the results in my little red wagon, which she and I then took weekly to the collection point on the corner. Thus, though I was not yet three years old on V-J day, I consider myself to have participated in our victory to a modest extent.

Model T

When I was in High School (49-52), the "T"s were still sometimes found in junkyards and I remember one in a cheap used car lot. But us guys were always on the lookout for the early Ford flathead V8s.

Not Bubble-Wrapped Kids

A scrap yard visit to watch a stranger wielding an acetylene torch a few feet away from Josh and Sarah would probably not be on the list of Board-approved school trips these days.

Model T Coupe

What a shame to see that flat top T coupe going for scrap! Great hot rod material there!

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