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A Federal Art Project poster promoting winter sports in New York: "They like winter in New York State. The state that has everything." The poster was created by Jack Rivlota between 1936 and 1941. View full size.
Workers at the More-Jones Glass Co. in Bridgeton, N.J. Small boy in the middle is Harry Simpkins. The photograph is by Lewis Wickes Hine, who described the work conditions as, "dirty, noisome." November 1909. View full size.
May 1938. New Madrid County, Missouri. "Wife and child of sharecropper, cut-over farmer of Mississippi bottoms." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.
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