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December 7, 1941. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Small boat rescues a seaman from the 31,800-ton USS West Virginia. Note the two men in the superstructure. The USS Tennessee is inboard. View full size. Office of War Information.
William Edwards, a.k.a. Big Bill Edwards, collector of internal revenue for the Wall Street district and former Princeton football star, delivering a speech circa 1915. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.
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