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Day Job: 1941

Day Job: 1941

August 1941. "Defense worker who is on night shift. During the day he works on the new home which he is building. Detroit, Michigan." Acetate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

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Of all the minor things I have thrown away and ought not to have, the greatest was a paint-stained carpenters' apron marked “Carmel Builders’ Supply.” Giveaways back in the day, carpenters' aprons have local appeal for collectors, and sometimes two-digit phone numbers as well, and provide epitaphs for defunct local businesses. In a city like Carmel-by-the-Sea, where most businesses are now oriented toward the tourists, such homely advertising is a reminder that we used to be a real town.

Similar nostalgia inducers include yardsticks and dry cleaners’ wooden hangers, but carpenters' aprons win on patina, hands down.

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