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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • RAINIER NATIONAL PARK: c. 1920s

News Flash: 1944

News Flash: 1944

New York. June 6, 1944. ALLIED ARMIES LAND ON COAST OF FRANCE. GREAT INVASION OF CONTINENT BEGINS. "D-Day. Crowd watching the news line on the Times building at Times Square." Large-format nitrate negative by Howard Hollem or Edward Meyer, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

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Lots of thoughts

I wonder which ones were thinking "I wonder if my son is part of that." The men who took part in it didn't know about it until shortly beforehand, so the parents certainly didn't. I wonder who was thinking back to their own service in WWI, who was feeling a little bit guilty because he was a little too old to serve, or couldn't pass the physical, or who was just thinking "I'm glad I'm not over there!"

Hats

On a more banal note, it's interesting to see that two out of six (or seven?) men in this shot are wearing straw boaters. These comfortable and practical hats lasted way past the 20's, obviously.

Their concern was evident

Every one of the faces in this picture show the troubling realization that someone they loved might be involved. In WW2 everyone had a dear one or maybe several dear ones fighting for the armed forces. The men wear a look of bravado, yet resignation that it has to be done. The women almost sorrowful disappointment. In those days, the soldiers and their families did not know where they would be deployed next until they got there. The ever-present, unanswerable question looms large - "Is he there on this day of certain carnage?"

Another great shot

The facial expressions tell the whole story of the home front on DDay. Very evocative.

Nothing much has really changed.

On the morning of 911, from work we tried to get on the internet and find out what was going on in NY. As everyone else in the nation was apparently trying to do the same thing, we got nothing but blank computer screens as the new-fangled information thing was overloaded.

So, someone in a back lab area dragged up an old TV from somewhere and set it up in the office area. Most of the engineering staff stood together in front of the old-fashioned TV just like these folks and quietly watched the news from "the front" all morning.

"News Flash 2001" looked a lot like "News Flash 1944".

They could never imagine...

the bravery and sacrifice that would be needed and done that day. A huge thanks and heaps of gratitude go out to those that made it happen, and kept the world free.

Remembering...

For some reason, I can't remember what I was doing on that day, but I do remember December 7, 1941 (my 7th birthday), the day FDR died, VE-Day and VJ-Day.

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