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Yesterday's Newsboys: 1943

Yesterday's Newsboys: 1943

May 1943. "Galveston, Texas. Newspaper delivery boys." Medium format nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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I shoulda recognized this!

Some years ago I did a counted cross-stitch of the Truehart-Adriance (which is, IRL, a gorgeous piece of Italianate polychrome brickwork). Because I was a complete nut, I worked it on 28 count linen over one, single strand, and kept three needles with different colours of floss going at the same time because I had to switch so often. (Needleworkers will understand how insane I was from that description; the rest of you, think of it as "sailing ship in a bottle" levels of tiny craftsmanship.) It took three years of off-and-on work to finish.

Once I was done, I framed it paired with a photograph of the front of the actual building, so viewers could appreciate both the complexity of the work and how accurate the chart was to the original.

@Ray D. O-Czech, That's just how high-waisted trousers were then. I had a dickens of a time getting used to wearing 1890-style workmen's trousers, which came up equally far, as part of a period costume.

I wonder what became of this little guy

maybe melted down for the war effort?

Trueheart-Adriance Building

Put Your Nickel In

Those parking meters look very modern for 1943. Very different than the ones I remember in the '50s.

High & Tight

Legend has it that he's still wearing his pants belted just below his ribs to this day.

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