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Fair Maiden: 1942

Fair Maiden: 1942

March 1942. El Centro, California. "Boy and girl at hamburger stand. Imperial County Fair." Acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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I'll have another bouble dourbon, please

A very attractive young woman. She would have preferred a photographer who was a half second quicker, or one who was a half second slower.

I am not so fair-haired or fair-skinned, but I've been to El Centro. She will go up like tinder as soon as she steps outside.

Damn that Dorothy Parker!

They're a very nice-looking couple. I notice the young lady has a pair of eyeglasses in her shirt pocket. Since the glasses are so handy, I wonder if she might should wear them all the time.

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Such a pretty young woman. She looks uncannily like my high school girlfriend -- the curls, the eyes, the nose, the smile -- This young woman also has unusually perfect teeth for the time.

As a longtime watchmaker who specialized in vintage watches, I'm straining to determine what the young man is wearing. But the box-stitched strap is very typical of the 1930s and 1940s.

Cute couple

I'm sure she loved his Jerry Lee Lewis hair. Nobody knew who "The Killer" was until 15 years later, but blond waves and curls always have had their allure.

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