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Vintage and original gelatin silver print from the Office of War Information (OWI), taken by Andreas Feininger in 1942. This photo was made just before he joined the photo staff of Life Magazine in 1943.

Single weight gelatin silver print with some editorial inscriptions on the reverse, including the publishing date February, 1943. Concerning condition, this print is in very good condition with minor creases in the lower left and lower right white margin areas which does not affect the image. There are are also four pinholes in each margin corner, done when this print was initially processed by a newspaper engraving department in 1943. These pinholes do not affect the image.

Background info about the Office of War Information:

During 1942 and 1943, the Office of War Information (OWI) contained two photographic units whose photographers documented the country's mobilization during the early years of the war, concentrating on such topics as aircraft factories and women in the workforce. It was headed up by Roy Stryker and was an extension of his Farm Farm Security Administration project. According to the current Library of Congress description of this photo archive:

"The photographs in the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection form an extensive pictorial record of American life between 1935 and 1944. This U.S. government photography project was headed for most of its existence by Roy E. Stryker, who guided the effort in a succession of government agencies: the Resettlement Administration (1935-1937), the Farm Security Administration (1937-1942), and the Office of War Information (1942-1944).

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Publication: Library of Congress web link for this image: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/oem2002006703/PP/
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Provenance:
  • This negative is kept in the permanent collection of Library of Congress "Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black-and-White Negatives" archive and credited to Andreas Feininger, Call Number is: LC-USE6- D-008210. The official Library of Congress of caption reads: "Production. B-17 heavy bomber. Tail sections of B-17F (Flying Fortress) bombers ready for assembly into the big warships of the air at the Boeing plant in Seattle. The Flying Fortress has performed with great credit in the South Pacific, over Germany and elsewhere. It is a fourengine heavy bomber capable of flying at high altitudes. Repository: Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division Washington, DC 20540". Vintage print issued in 1942 by the Office of War Information (OWI), distributed to an American newspaper where it remained archived until the present. http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/oem2002006703/PP/
  • Pickup Location: Japan
  • Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 8.15 in. (25.4 x 20.7 cm.)
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