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Circa 1952, possibly in Indiana. Another image from Set 2 of found 35mm Kodachromes. Note the Cadillac-inspired tacked-on tailfins on the Ford, which we'll tentatively identify as a 1950 Crestliner. View full size.
April 1913. Lindale, Georgia. "Luther Dories. Been doffing some months in Spinning Room #2, Massachusetts Mills. Said 12 years old, but very doubtful. Father and brother work." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.
1921. Washington, D.C. "Conrad Espew, George Washington University." 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size. Anyone out there have an old GW yearbook? I wonder if Espew is really anyone's last name.
May 1943. Pennsylvania R.R. iron ore docks, Cleveland. "After the ore is weighed in the Hulett unloader it is dropped in the waiting hopper cars below." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the OWI. View full size.
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