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July 1939. "Appliqued embroideries for sale on street in front of ten cent store. Saturday afternoon. Siler City, North Carolina." Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
January 20, 1921. Washington, D.C. "American Forestry Association bird house contest." Back when ornithology was something a boy picked up on the streets. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.
July 1939. Granville County, N.C. "Country filling station owned and operated by tobacco farmer." Our second look at this establishment offering combustibles and comestibles. Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.
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