Garage mechanic near Newark, N.J. Badge denotes member of Office of Defense Transportation (LOC)

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When: 01 January 1939

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Collins, Marjory,, 1912-1985,, photographer.

Garage mechanic near Newark, N.J. Badge denotes member of Office of Defense Transportation

1943 Dec.

1 transparency : color.

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Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

Automobile service stations
Mechanics (Persons)
World War, 1939-1945
United States--New Jersey--Newark

Format: Portrait photographs

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 12002-63 (DLC) 93845501

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Call Number: LC-USW36-1064


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    • 17/Jan/2008 05:18:56

    Somehow he seems a little sad. His eyes are focusing something behind the photographer... maybe eternity? He puts up a smile, but is actually thinking about something completely else...

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    • 19/Jan/2008 17:13:51

    A mechanic with a coin belt and conductor type hat??? The greasy shirt says "mechanic", but his accessories say "not". Maybe he was pulling double duties. Great photo anyway.

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    • 20/Jan/2008 21:31:38

    don't forget those were the days of full-service gas stations. I'd guess he pumped gas in addition to his mechanic duties. also, back then most service station attendants wore uniforms including peaked caps.