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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.

 

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.

 

The Junkman Cometh: 1942

The Junkman Cometh: 1942

October 1942. Chicago, Illinois. "Salvage. To feed the nation's munitions furnaces, tons of scrap from America's attics and basements are collected every day. Here, a junkman unloads his wagon in a central depot, where the scrap will be segregated and graded for shipment to steel mills." Medium format nitrate negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
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