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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • RAPALLO, ITALY: 1947
 

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Portsmouth Parkers: 1941

Portsmouth Parkers: 1941

March 1941. "Houses near Navy yard. Portsmouth, Virginia." Medium format acetate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Parking Kings

Although I probably couldn't identify most of these old beauties, I'm quite amazed by how closely they are parallel parked to each other! You couldn't cram a piece of paper between some of them. How in the world did they get out?

Instant Car Show

Though no one at the time gave any thought to the variety of automobiles here, to see them all again together would make for an enjoyable car show, I think. Thanks in advance to the Shorpy antique auto aficionado who can identify the nice sedan on the far left. 1930s, at least?

Economic Prozac

Except for the DeSoto at the extreme left, the vehicles appearing here are predominantly recent or even current models. Clearly, for workers in the booming defense industry (as would soon be the case for all Americans), the Great Depression was a rapidly fading memory.

"Houses near Navy yard"

Houses? Cars! This is Shorpy, man. (Also, I can’t help noticing that paint can in the puddle.)

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