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June 30, 2021

50 Photographs of Everyday Life in the U.S During World War II Taken by Marjory Collins

Born 1912 in New York City, American photojournalist Marjory Collins work as a documentary photographer was taken up by major agencies. As a result of a contribution for U.S. Camera and Travel about Hoboken, New Jersey, she was invited to work for the Foreign Service of the United States Office of War Information.

Life of the U.S. in 1942 and 1943 taken by Marjory Collins

Collins completed some 50 assignments there with stories about the American way of life and support for the war effort. In line with new emphasis on multiculturalism, she contributed to photographic coverage of African Americans as well as citizens of Czech, German, Italian and Jewish origin.

In 1944, Collins worked freelance for a construction company in Alaska before traveling to Africa and Europe on government and commercial assignments. Thereafter she worked mainly as an editor and a writer covering civil rights, the Vietnam War and women’s movements.

In the 1960s, Collins edited American Journal of Public Health. She was very active politically; a feminist, she founded the journal Prime Time (1971–76) “for the liberation of women in the prime of life.” In 1977 Collins became an associate of the Women's Institute for Freedom of the Press.

Marjory Collins died in 1985 at the age of 73. She took these fascinating photos for the Farm Security Administration-Office of War Information that documented life of the United States in 1942 and 1943.

A Farm Security Administration housing relief camp for African-Americans. Interior of an expansible trailer, showing one wing used as a dining and living room, Arlington, Virginia, April 1942

A woman hanging out washing with her young son in front of the community building in a FSA (Farm Security Administration) housing relief camp for African Americans, Arlington, Virginia, 1942

Applicants for sugar rationing cards, Adams School, Washington, D.C., May 1942

At 7 a.m. on June 21st, the day before stricter gas rationing was enforced, cars were pouring into this gas station on upper Wisconsin Ave., Washington, D.C., 1942

Boy is looking up junk dealers in the telephone directory, wants junk dealer pick up the scrap which he collected stored in his cellar, Washington, D.C., May 1942

Cashier checking out a customer's purchases at the Will That Be All?: Giant Food shopping center, Washington, D.C., June 1942

Customers mounting the ramp to a roof parking space at the Giant Food shopping center on Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, D.C., July 1942

District grocery store warehouse on 4th Street S.W. Farmers bringing their produce in trucks, between two and five a.m., Washington, D.C., July 1942

Ellipse Park in Washington, D.C. on a hot Sunday, June 1942

Government workers lunching and resting in Washington Monument park outside the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., July 1942

Guest at an evening party at the home of a government artist, Washington, D.C. June-July 1942

Italian-Americans watching parade on Mott Street and flag raising ceremony in honor of boys from the neighborhood in the United States Army, New York, New York, 1942

Line of prospective swimmers, awaiting their turn at the municipal swimming pool on Sunday in Washington, D.C., June 1942

Men waiting for the Third Avenue elevated train in the Fifties at 8-30 a.m., New York, New York, September 1942

Morning of July 21st, the last day before stricter gas rationing went into effect, cars were parked in front of gas stations long before they opened, waiting to fill their tanks on the quota, Washington, D.C., 1942

Morning of July 21st, the last day before stricter gas rationing went into effect, cars were parked in front of gas stations long before they opened, waiting to fill their tanks, Washington D.C., 1942

Municipal swimming pool in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 1942

Occidental Hotel restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue at noon, Washington, D.C., July 1942

Players and spectators in a baseball game at Ellipse Park, Washington, D.C., July 1942

Players in an amateur baseball game between the employees' recreation association and a team recruited from garage workers, Washington, D.C., June 1942

Playing tennis in the park in front of the U.S. Department of Commerce building on Sunday afternoon, Washington, D.C., June 1942

Relaxing on the edge of the municipal swimming pool on Sunday, Washington, D.C., July 1942

Residents of one of Washington DC's best residential sections apply for sugar ration cards at Adams School, May 1942

Servicemen waiting for trains at Pennsylvania railroad station, New York, New York, August 1942

Serving punch during an evening party at the home of a government artist, Washington, D.C. June, 1942

Students at Armstrong Technical High School in Washington, D.C. March 1942

Sunbathers on the grass next to the municipal swimming pool on Sunday, Washington, D.C., July 1942

Sunday crowds are so great at the municipal swimming pool that long lines form awaiting their turn, Washington, D.C., July 1942

Sunday cyclist in East Potomac Park, Washington, D.C., June 1942

Sunday cyclists at Hains Point, Washington, D.C., June 1942

Sunday cyclists in East Potomac Park, Washington, D.C., June 1942

Sunday cyclists watching sailboats at Hains Point, Washington, D.C., June 1942

Sunday swimmers at the municipal swimming pool, Washington, D.C., June 1942

Truck loaded with scrap metal is weighed on platform scale before being unloaded in wholesale junkyard during the salvage campaign, Victory Program, Washington, D.C., May 1942

Waders at an automobile Ford in Rock Creek Park. Washington, D.C., June 1942

Wading in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C., June 1942

Waiting for the Third Avenue elevated railway in the Sixties about 8-45 a.m., New York, New York, September 1942

Waiting for trains at the Pennsylvania railroad station, in New York City, New York, August 1942

Waiting for trains at the Pennsylvania railroad station, New York City, August 1942

Waiting for trains at the Pennsylvania railroad station, New York, August 1942

Well-equipped laundry in the community building at a FSA (Farm Security Administration) housing relief camp for African-Americans, Arlington, Virginia, April 1942

Young girl with her cat in the kitchen of her home,Arlington, Virginia, April 1942

A street scene in Baltimore, Maryland, April 1943

Mexican agricultural laborers who have come to help harvest beets eating their lunch, Stockton, California, May 1943

Parking lot and billboards in Baltimore, Maryland, April 1943

Third shift defense workers waiting in a combination delicatessen and restaurant to be picked up by their car pools around midnight, Baltimore, Maryland, April 1943

Trolley carrying workers to the night shift at the Bethlehem Fairfield shipyard, Baltimore, Maryland, April 1943

Trucks and trains unloading goods underneath an elevated trolley, Baltimore, Maryland, April 1943

Workers hurrying to catch a conveyance for work at seven a.m., Baltimore, Maryland, April 1943

Workers waiting for a bus home at a busy intersection at four in the afternoon, Baltimore, Maryland, April 1943

(Photo © Marjory Collins)




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