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1939. "Fourth of July near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Rural filling stations become community centers and general loafing grounds. The men in the baseball suits are on a local team which will play a game nearby. They are called the Cedargrove Team." Medium-format negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.