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One of a series of chemical-plant smokestacks photographed by Alfred Palmer in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and Akron, Ohio, in 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency for the Office of War Information.
August 1942. "Feeding an SNC advanced training plane its essential supply of gasoline is done by sailor mechanics at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard R. Hollem.
December 1908. Dillon, S.C. Soarbar Seris has worked off and on in the mill for five years, more nights than daytime. Winds at Maples Mills. Gets 70 cents and up. "Reckon I'm about 14." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.
October 1938. Musicians playing accordion and washboard in front of a store near New Iberia, Louisiana, the home of Tabasco pepper sauce. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.
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