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October 1942. B-25 bomber nose wheel and landing gear assembly at the North American Aviation plant in Inglewood, California. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.
October 1908. South Bend, Indiana. "Going home to lunch! Two boys from Singer Manufacturing Company. Small boy is Charles Bailey, 316 Scholum Street. Is he 14 years old?" View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.
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