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February 1912. "Henry, 10-year-old oyster shucker who does five pots of oysters a day. Works before school, after school, and Saturdays. Been working three years. Maggioni Canning Co., Port Royal, South Carolina." Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.
April 4, 1958. "Photographs show actor Raymond Burr filming his television show Perry Mason with co-star Barbara Hale and others. Also includes Burr memorizing lines with dialogue director Don Gardner; with executive producer Gail Patrick. Also Burr entertaining friends at his Malibu, Calif., home; feeding and playing with his pet dogs, duck, and burro; at the beach; helping move a large tree at the Morgan Nurseries." From photos by Maurice Terrell and Robert Vose for the Look magazine assignment "Raymond Burr: Perry Mason's prisoner." View full size.
January 1939. "Packing cabbages in truck to go to market, from small truck farm of man from North Carolina. Near Belle Glade, Florida." Bare Beach was an agricultural outpost on the southern shore of Lake Okeechobee. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.