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July 30, 1913, New York. Suffragist Harriot Stanton Blatch in the front seat of a Cole touring car with (from left) Susan Fitzgerald, Emma Bugbee and Maggie Murphy. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.
September 1908. "Invited guests going to Roosevelt house on foot and by carriage" at Sagamore Hill, the president's estate near Oyster Bay, Long Island. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.
An electric refrigerator helps Mrs. Case keep her eggs fresh in Lauderdale County, Alabama. This photograph for the Tennessee Valley Authority was taken by Arthur Rothstein in June, 1942. View full size.
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