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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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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).

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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