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John Slebzak, working on the Bottomley farm near Baltimore with his family (Polish). They have worked here three years and one winter at Avery Island, Louisiana. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.
April 1943. Galewood Yard of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) at Chicago. View full size (if you don't, you're missing a lot). 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.
April 7, 1948: "Woman with chest & stomach on mat, head up and hands behind her back holding her feet." View full size. New York World-Telegram & Sun photo by Phyllis Twatchman. (Looks like a cross between Madonna and Marilyn.)
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