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Vintage photos of:
Lester Picker listens to his shortwave radio through earphones while convalescing after breaking his back when he fell 55 feet erecting an aerial for the radio. Photograph by Underwood & Underwood, April 18, 1922. View full size. (Updated with additional information on Lester — click here and scroll down.)
"County seat of Hale County, Alabama," in August 1936 as photographed by Walker Evans. View full size. The McCollum Grocery on the corner is the subject of another Evans photo, where it's identified as being in Moundville. See Bill Cary's comment. Is this Moundvlle? Haleyville? Greensboro? (Other Evans photos identify this store as being in Greensboro, the county seat.)
A young woman models in a studio for photographer Fitz W. Guerin. No date is recorded with the photo, but it was probably taken around 1902. View full size.