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Everything But War: 1941

Everything But War: 1941

September 1941. "Sign. Seaside, Oregon." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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Film size

What dimensions are they calling "medium format"?

[3¼ x 4¼ - Dave]

Re: Directional sign

In the State of Maine, we have signs for places to go, and Presidents to meet.

Directional sign

I wonder where the custom of posting these directions to far away places originated. It seems to be a 1940s thing. I remember the one in Honolulu which I fear is no longer there. I remember them from several movies made around that time.

Paved the whole way

Seaside could have sent them to Hell, Michigan instead - it's only 2,420 miles away.

Man in the middle

I wonder if Mr. Lee, standing on a remote Oregon beach, realized he was in the midst of world conflicts.

[His main assignment in September 1941 was documenting construction of the Umatilla Ordnance Depot in Oregon, vast repository for bombs and munitions used in the war against Japan. - Dave]

Hell at Hegra

The sign reflects a cruel irony. Nazi troops occupied Norway in April 1940 and stayed until the end of the war. The last effective military resistance, by volunteer soldiers, took place at the Battle of Hegra Fortress, April 15-May 5.

The village of Hell is less than ten miles from the site of the battle.

Cooler than I thought

According to weather dot com, at 6:30 pm EST (11:30 pm local time) today, it was 46 degrees Fahrenheit in Hell. Not too bad considering the rep it has for being hot.

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