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Forgotten photographs of a late summer Sunday in Central Park, 1942



On a lazy Sunday afternoon in September 1942, photographer Marjorie Collins wandered New York City's Central Park, capturing a series of incredible images. Amazing and semi-clear shots showing families, friends, children, lovers and sailors enjoying a sunny day.

Other photos show children at the fountain, girlfriends waiting for boats, people sitting on benches and enjoying the sun, US Navy sailors enjoying their shore vacation, a cop playing with a child .

As we can see, American soldiers may have been fighting for their lives on the battlefields of Europe, but back home, life was somewhat faltering as life returned to normal.

Collins was part of the Office of War Information Agency, tasked by the US government to create and distribute information and propaganda about the war effort at home and abroad.

Through radio broadcasts, newspapers, posters, photographs, films and other forms of media, OWI was the connection between the battlefield and civilian communities.

In 1942, OWI welcomed the Photographic Unit of the Farm Security Administration, which had become famous for its documentation of the Great Depression, under the direction of Roy Stryker.

During 1942 and 1943 the OWI boasted two photographic units whose photographers documented the country's mobilization during the early years of the war, focusing on subjects such as aircraft factories and women in the workforce.

Central Park is the most visited park in the United States. Its visitors can miss the abundance of trees, flowers, grass, paths, architecture, benches, rocks and overall beauty. The park is spread over 843 acres, with 150 acres of lakes and streams.









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