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February 12, 1908. "Scarfoglio and companions in Zust car, New York," at the start of the New York to Paris automobile race of 1908, in which the contestants drove west across the continent to San Francisco, continued to Alaska by ship, took a steamer across the Bering Strait and continued the land journey in Siberia. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Below, the competition itinerary as printed in the January 26, 1908, New York Times.
February 1942. Firestone factory at Akron, Ohio. War conversion of beverage containers. An oxygen cylinder for high altitude flying, manufactured by the metal division of a large Eastern rubber factory, placed on a huge stack ready for shipment to the Army. View full size. 5x7 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer.
February 1942. B.F. Goodrich plant. "Not only as nurses behind the battle lines, but as workers in the factories producing important war goods, women are doing much to win this war and to spare the lives of the men doing the actual fighting. These girls are preparing a metal fuel tank to receive a bullet-sealing cover, an important new safety development to military aviation." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.
November 1910. Birmingham, Alabama. "Our baby doffer" they called him. Donnie Cole. Has been doffing for some months. When asked his age, he hesitated, then said, "I'm twelve." Another young boy said, "He can't work unless he's twelve." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.