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Los Angeles, aug 1942: Traffic is stopped for an inspection of dimmed-out vehicle lights on Wilshire Bvd. Coastal dim-out programs in 1942 were introduced after german submarines easily sunk silhouetted allied shipping along the Atlantic coast.
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This image from 1945 shows Manhattan Project physicist Harold Agnew (1921 - 2013), smiling and holding the plutonium core of one of the world's most devastating weapons. Weighing 14 pounds and responsible for 80,000 deaths, the heart of the "Fat Man" atomic bomb was detonated on August 9, 1945, over the Japanese city of Nagasaki.
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The US artist Elizabeth Black (1912/1983), who left a promising Pittsburgh art career to join American Red Cross efforts during WW2, draws troops in England in 1944. She proposed a unique project to sketch hundreds of soldiers, sailors and airmen throughout Europe and send the treasured portraits to worried families back home.
 

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A then & now in Florida...
During the war, in Miami, 93 apartment buildings were occupied by the armed forces and 85 percent of Miami Beach’s hotel rooms –one fourth of Florida’s total hotel space — were leased to the armed services.
In the pic, undated, Military police leave the headquarters (today the Governor South Beach Rentals) for a daily inspection.

 

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On 1942 Actress Rita Hayworth participates in the scrap metal recycling campaign by donating her car’s bumper in response to the call for bumpers and other non-essential metal car parts for the war effort in Hollywood.
 
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