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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE FRENCH RIVIERA: 1952

WW2, The Gallery

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.

 

Camo Class: 1943

Camo Class: 1943

        In this WW2 Kodachrome we have the opening frame of the first-ever Shorpy Filmstrip® -- sort of a coming-attractions trailer for Shorpy 2.0, with larger pictures and type.

March 1943. "Camouflage class in New York University, where men and women are preparing for jobs in the Army or in industry, New York, N.Y. They make models from aerial photographs, re-photograph them, then work out a camouflage scheme and make a final photograph." Medium format Kodachrome transparency by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Trucks in a Row: 1940

Trucks in a Row: 1940

December 1940. "Lineup of trucks at workers' camp near naval air base now under construction. Corpus Christi, Texas." Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Gonna Fly Now: 1941

Gonna Fly Now: 1941

June 1941. "Some of the children of a family who must move out. The Army is taking over the area for maneuver grounds. Caroline County, Virginia." Acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

War Store: 1941

War Store: 1941

June 1941. "In the area being taken over by the Army -- Caroline County, Virginia. Most of the customers at this store are now soldiers. Many of the people in the area have already moved out and the owners of the store are making plans to move." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Call of Duty: 1941

Call of Duty: 1941

May 1941. "Soldiers from Fort Benning in a country store near Phenix City, Alabama." Medium format negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Doomsday Weld: 1943

Doomsday Weld: 1943

February 1943. "Enola O'Connell, age 32, widow and mother of one child, ex-housewife, now the only woman welder at Heil and Co., Milwaukee, maker of gasoline trailers for the Army Air Forces." Medium format Kodachrome by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Air Power: 1942

Air Power: 1942

June 1942. East Hartford, Connecticut. United Aircraft plant. "Single-row crankshaft assemblies for Pratt & Whitney airplane engines. The large Eastern plant at which the work is done is producing a steady flow of power installations for the fighting craft of our Army and Navy air forces." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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