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Fair Game: 1942

Fair Game: 1942

March 1942. El Centro, California. "Boys at carnival attraction. Imperial County Fair." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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Pricey ammo

It looks as though the ammo may be coins, perhaps pennies.

Everybody's a winner!

Everybody standing inside the booth, that is.

Finally, putting geometry to use!

I guess if you can shoot the plane down, it's yours. I wonder what they used for ammo and who got the job of collecting it after being shot?

Ahead of their time

The most interesting part of this photograph is the ethnic mix. In addition to some generic Caucasians (okay, maybe one of Italian heritage), there’s a guy who looks distinctly Hispanic and a couple of Blacks. Nobody seems especially concerned about the differences. It would be fascinating to know whether they served with each other as WWII progressed.

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