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December 1936. Dickens, Iowa. "Part of the L.H. Nissen family of ten living in a three-room shack. Rest of family at school. The whole house was of unusually high humidity. The wife said they could not dry out the bedding because of the poor ventilation. This is the living room and kitchen combined." View full size. Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration.
December 1941. White Motor Company, Cleveland. "The chassis of an Army halftrack scout car get a workout. When this test driver at a large Midwest plant has put the machine through its paces, he'll know if it meets the exacting specifications of the Army." View full size. 4x5 negative by Alfred Palmer.