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Winter Light: 1941

Winter Light: 1941

January 1941. "At the steel plant in Midland, Pennsylvania." Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Stark, grim, and beautiful

Why do I get the feeling that this guy is going to find his way into a taproom sooner or later.

Stoplights Part 2

Dave's right, Phaedrus, because back before 1950, there were a number of different types of traffic control devices until they were standardized. I worked for the local County Highway Department and according to the Seeley Book of Standards (our office Bible), there were (among others) red/green (no yellow) and the type that Dave is talking about. On the main road was (top down) red/yellow/green and on the side road, green/yellow/red with the lenses being illuminated by a common bulb at each level.

Green top, red bottom

Stop Light

It's RED. as the rhyme I taught my children says: the light on top means STOP.

[Back in the day, green was the top light on many a stoplight. - Dave]

If you say so.

Ice Ice Baby

I'm hoping that the baby carriage is unoccupied.

Brrrr ...

This is one of those pictures that make you feel cold just looking at it.

Train in the background

I have the NYC gondola and PRR boxcar. Only in the smaller Lionel electric trains version.

Red Light

The traffic light looks the same in this monochrome photograph as they do in real life to my colourblind eyes.

[It could also be a green light. - Dave]

Speedy Pizza?

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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