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Ex-GIs a year after World War II at a “52-20” club, 1946 (printed 1974)
Gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: North America, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2020.1.45

Commentary
The U.S. in 1946: Ex-GIs a year after World War II at a “52-20” club. The "52-20" club was part of the GI Bill of Rights following the end of World War II. It was a provision that enabled all former servicemen to receive $20 of unemployment benefits per week for 52 weeks a year while they were looking for work. It was also used as a name for a bar at many locales across the USA, where veterans would often go to drink.

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