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November 1940. Tehama County, California. John Frost and his daughter listening to the radio in their home. View full size. Medium format safety negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.
October 1939. Malheur County, Oregon. "Siphon, the world's longest, which carries water five miles to Dead Ox Flat. It is eight feet in diameter." 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA. View full size.
One of a series of chemical-plant smokestacks photographed by Alfred Palmer in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and Akron, Ohio, in 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency for the Office of War Information.
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