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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VITAL TO VICTORY: WWII

Swing Shift: 1943

Swing Shift: 1943

April 1943. Buffalo, New York. "Swing-shift workers on the sidelines at the weekly swingshift dance held at the Main-Utica ballroom." Medium format negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
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Bell Aircraft Corporation ID button

Okay, not of Mr. De Corse, but nevertheless ...

Dear John

And thus the beginning of many "Dear John" letters to our boys overseas.

Lend me your comb

An early Kookie!

Chopper Guy

His lapel button says Bell Aircraft Corporation. He's acting like a bigwig. She's impressed. Great snapshot of an interesting era.

“Girls, Wear Your Slacks”

The Swing Shift Club dances opened Friday, September 11, 1942, at the Main-Utica Ballroom (former Dellwood Ballroom), 1384-88 Main Street (corner of Main and Utica, Buffalo, NY). The building was demolished in 2014 and replaced by a one story cinder-block building housing a Family Dollar store.

 
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