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Night Life: 1940

Night Life: 1940

November 1940. "Lincoln, Nebraska." Acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.


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Trouble with a capital "T"

... and that rhymes with "P" and that stands for Pool! The first big step on the road to the depths of degradation -- at least according to Professor Harold Hill!
What a terrific picture.

It's cold outside?

I know it was late Fall when he shot this area, likely cold and wet, but seems like compared to other government photogs of the time, an awful lot of his were just shot out his hotel room windows.

[John Vachon shot more than 11,000 exposures for the FSA. Less than one percent were "out his hotel room windows." - Dave]

Good Times Rollin'

With the exception of the Ford (second from right), all of the cars photographed here are practically new. One has to wonder if a similar present-day scene would reflect a comparable degree of apparent prosperity.

Where drama meets detachment

Another exquisitely haunting (and Hopper-esque) shot by Vachon, master of composition and light.

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