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August 1942. Naval Air Base at Corpus Christi, Texas. Jesse Rhodes Waller, aviation ordnance mate third class, tries out a 30-caliber machine gun he has just installed in a Navy plane. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.
November 1940. "Living room in farm home of John Frost, part owner of 135 acres of semi-marginal land in Tehama County, California. He raises turkeys, hogs and dairy cattle." We met the girl and her dad last week, listening to the radio. Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the FSA. View full size.