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Vintage photos of:
August 1942. "Ella Watson, government charwoman who provides for a family of six on her salary of $1,080 per year. She has been a federal employee for 26 years." Label on the wastebasket: "Miss Engle, Div of Recounts." Large format negative by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information. View full size.