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December 1936. "Scene along Bathgate Avenue in the Bronx, a section from which many of the New Jersey homesteaders have come." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.
October 1939. "Soper grandmother, who lives with family. Farm Security Administration borrower. Willow Creek area. Malheur County, Oregon." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA. View full size.
1926 or 1927. "Mr. Tabber Raleigh Habudashu," says the Library of Congress. What we see written on the negative is "Tabber of Raleigh, Haberdasher." 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.
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