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WW2, The Gallery

Salvage for Victory: 1942

Salvage for Victory: 1942

October 1942. " 'Salvage for Victory' campaign -- scrap and salvage depot in Butte, Montana." Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Lotion Locker: 1943

Lotion Locker: 1943

June 1943. "Arlington, Virginia. Mirrors over the dressing table conceal a cabinet which gives girls extra space for their cosmetics, etc., at Arlington Farms, a residence for women who work in the government for the duration of the war." Medium-format negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Gas Demonstration: 1942

Gas Demonstration: 1942

June 1942. "Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland. Gas demonstration. Soldiers wearing gas masks after having been sprayed with gas from a plane." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

A Scouting Outing: 1941

A Scouting Outing: 1941

July 1941. "Boy Scouts inspecting and learning about Army equipment in Commerce Square, Washington, D.C." Acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Iron Men: 1943

Iron Men: 1943

December 1943. Washington, D.C. "Servicemen using laundry facilities in the basement of the United Nations service center. It is not necessary to engage a hotel room in order to use these accommodations." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Baltimore, U.S.A.: 1943

Baltimore, U.S.A.: 1943

May 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland. Building the SS Frederick Douglass. More than 6,000 Negro shipyard workers are employed at the Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyards, where this Liberty ship is being rushed to completion. Douglass, the noted orator and abolitionist leader, worked as a ship caulker in the vicinity of this yard before he escaped from slavery. Smiling from porthole of the dockhouse is rivet heater Willie Smith." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Roger Smith for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Mobilized: 1940

Mobilized: 1940

December 1940. "Soldiers on street corner in Starke, Florida. Boomtown in defense district." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Army Goods: 1940

Army Goods: 1940

December 1940. Rapides Parish, Louisiana. "Corner building in center of Alexandria showing signs advertising Army and military wearing apparel and goods." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Kings of the Road: 1940

Kings of the Road: 1940

December 1940. First caption: "Close-up of car from Mississippi used for sleeping as well as shelter and traveling. Evidences of cooking outdoors are beside it. On highway near Camp Livingston, Alexandria, Louisiana." Later that day: "Two construction workers who sleep in car, cooking outdoors. One is from Memphis, Tennessee, and worked formerly on construction of the Dupont munitions plant at Millington. The other is from Decatur, Mississippi, and worked previously at the Camp Shelby job in Hattiesburg. He said: 'We live like kings out here. I never did carpenter before I heard you could get paid so much for it; then it didn't take me long to be one.' They are both working on the Camp Livingston job near Alexandria." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Stars & Stripes: 1942

Stars & Stripes: 1942

May 1942. "Philadelphia Quartermaster Corps. The tradition of Betsy Ross is being kept alive in this Quartermaster Corps depot, where a young woman worker assists in the creation of American flags for military activities." Happy Flag Day from Shorpy! 4x5 inch acetate negative by Howard Liberman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Battle Stations: 1942

Battle Stations: 1942

November 12, 1942. "Jap radio tuned in on U.S. -- Marine communicators found this radio set which was left behind by the Japs on Guadalcanal, and use it to listen in on U.S. broadcasts in their leisure time. The Marines are (left to right) Cpl. James Shadduck, Pvt. Alex N. Incinelli, Pvt. Robert Galer, Cpl. Sidney B. Land and Pvt. Arthur D. Roda, and part of their job is to see that the messages get through." New York World-Telegram & Sun newsphoto. View full size.

 

Can't You See I'm Busy?

Can't You See I'm Busy?

May 1942. "Childersburg, Alabama. Defense worker's child in WPA (Work Projects Administration) day nursery." Medium format negative by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Wings of War: 1942

The Wings of War: 1942

October 1942. The Consolidated Aircraft Corp. plant in Fort Worth, Texas. "Production. Halfway down the final line of a Western aircraft plant at which B-24 bombers and C-87 transports are made. This new transport, an adaptation of the B-24 bomber, is known as the C-87 and carries one of the greatest human or cargo loads of any plane now in mass production. It is built in a plant equipped with one of the best air conditioning and fluorescent lighting systems in the country." Photo by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Basic Training: 1943

Basic Training: 1943

February 1943. "Soldier and his girl waiting for a train at Chicago Union Station." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

High & Tight: 1941

High & Tight: 1941

June 1941. "Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Getting a haircut at Camp Shelby." Medium format acetate negative by William Perlitch. View full size.

 
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