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October 1942. Inglewood, California. "Young woman employee of North American Aviation working over the landing gear mechanism of a P-51 fighter plane." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.
September 1911. Lawrence, Massachusetts. "Group of workers. The small boy in the middle is Secondino Libro, 34 Walnut Street. Apparently 10 or 11. Works in No. 4 Spinning room." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.
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