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Melvin C. Shaffer World War II Photographs

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    • Village of Santa Cristina, Italian Alps, Summer 1945

    • 1945
    • Italy and Southern France
    • With the end of hostilities, the people here -- who had largely escaped the effects of the war -- were out doing their daily work again: farming; carving wood; and looking forward to the return of tourists to their picturesque village.
    • Captured vehicle used as mobile lab

    • 1944
    • Italy and Southern France
    • A captured German vehicle was converted into a mobile Medical Laboratory and used throughout the Italian campaign doing blood analysis and other lab work. Lou Breslow is on the left.
    • Three Berber girls near Casablanca, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • Three Berber girls, Casablanca, near the laundry pictured elsewhere. They were part of the families doing laundry, all of whom had a friendly nature and genuine interest in the Americans, with offers of free laundry and subtle hints of other things...
    • Doing the wash, Casablanca, 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • At the same site as shown previously, this woman -- probably a Berber -- went about her job with abandon and a happy smile. Casablanca, 1943.
    • Laundry, Casablanca, September 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • These facilities appear to have been constructed specifically for this purpose and were in constant use. Some of the ladies appeared to be doing wash that was for commercial purposes: very large quantities; batches had to be kept separate from one...
    • Male worker, laundry, Casablanca, September 1943

    • 1943
    • North Africa
    • The only male worker visible to me at the great Casablanca laundry; the several times I passed this place, this man was always there doing his work. He had a kind of dance step as he worked his load atop a rock.

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