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Penny Land: 1941

Penny Land: 1941

July 1941. "Ninth Street amusements, Washington, D.C." Medium format acetate negative by Martha McMillan Roberts for the FSA. View full size.

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Salvage scrap ...

To blast the Jap


I wonder if this place targeted soldiers and sailors on leave. The old tattoo patterns are fascinating.

Skeptical Look

Is it just me, or is this guy the creepiest? What a look in his eye. Like a villainous character actor in an old B movie, straight out of Central Casting.

Danger! Danger!

The look in that guy's eyes would scare anybody away! And what's with the target of the women with the skull on her turban. Has she got the "floy floy"?

Plink, Ink

Looks like more Tat than Rat-a-Tat.

Den of Iniquity

Looks like a bad place to hang out. Tattoos and guns, and the look on the dude's face behind the window! Probably got pinball machines in there too. Stay away!

Harold Hill warned kids

not to go to shady places like this one in "The Music Man". The shifty-eyed proprietor looks rather disconcerting.

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