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November 1911. Before Halloween came into its own as a holiday in this country, there was "Thanksgiving masking," where kids would dress up and go door to door for apples, or maybe "scramble for pennies." View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Links: Yahoo Xtra | Encyclopedia.com
July 1942. "Wiring a junction box on the firewall for the right engine of a B-25 bomber at the North American Aviation plant in Inglewood, California. Forward of this wall will be mounted one of two 1,700-horsepower Wright Whirlwind engines." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.