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En Famille: 1941

En Famille: 1941

June 1941. "Family of Marine in their living room. They live in one of the units of the Navy defense housing project which is designed for Naval people, Marines and some civilian defense workers. San Diego, California." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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What is it?

That object in the box on the table. The round thing with holes of different sizes. Perhaps a cigarette holder ? I don't smoke so how would I know!

Long gone

The recruit training center for Marines is still in San Diego but the adjacent Navy RTC/NTC has been relegated to civilian use. Many of the old buildings are converted yet some have been removed for new homes. USS Reversal remains. Quite the trendy area now.

I boot camped/schooled there for several months in 1977/78 and recently went back to find the place familiarly differentised.

April 12 issue of Collier's

"Defense on Ice" by Walter Davenport, Collier's, April 12, 1941.

Sitting on top of the Life magazine.

Made Cents

That the coin in Mom's shoe was a wheat penny

So fa ... so good

My very first apartment in Chicago had that very same sofa bed, complete with the same upholstery. Didn't have the matching chair though.

The Instagram of its Day

Looks like the Life magazine at the bottom of the stack under the coffee table is the April 14 issue, which you can read here. It covered everything from the war to a Hollywood Production Code edict banning shots of "sweater girls" (with pictures of course).

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