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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Man, G

Man, G

Washington, D.C., circa 1932. "Federal Bureau of Investigation. Filing fingerprints and mugshots." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

I've always wondered

When ugly fluorescent lighting and acoustical tile ceilings replaced the attractive though admittedly less efficient light fixtures that still exist at this date. It must have been towards or in the early 40's when design was becoming really dreary and industrial looking.

Digital world

If they could only see what files and folders have morphed into today.

Your FBI

Where even the file clerks have law degrees and sport snazzy two-tone shoes.

File 190

That's where the real dirt is.

 
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