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February 1942. "Do you know why sugar must be rationed? Why you can't buy any more refrigerators or pleasure cars? There's plenty of material available on these subjects which can be obtained from the government." View full size. Medium format negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information.
Washington, D.C. July 2, 1921. Crowds at the Washington Star following the Dempsey-Carpentier fight in New Jersey, which was broadcast by "wireless telephone" back when relatively few people owned radios. Newspapers across the country that had receivers called out the results on the street or posted them on chalkboards. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.