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"Eight-year old Jack driving horse rake. A small boy has difficulty keeping his seat on rough ground and this work is more or less dangerous." August 1915, western Massachusetts. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.
A dead but picturesque pine tree frames this view of Moreno Valley in Colfax County, New Mexico. February 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome trans- parency: John Collier, Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information.
A springtime carpet of dandelions and daisies in Vermont, June 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier. I see clover and daisies, but nothing that looks very dandeliony to me. Are the orange flowers dandelions?
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