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1954. "Backyard Rooms. Woman posed with yard equipment, outdoor furniture, appliances and utensils used to cook outdoors. Equipment shown includes power lawn mower, lawn sweeper, grill, patio table and umbrella, and portable radio." Medium-format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Look magazine assignment "How to Build an Extra Room in Your Own Backyard." View full size.