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Private Ivan A. Smith, editor of the Camp Hood Panther, at Camp Hood, Texas, originated this novel method of reminding fellow soldiers to practice discretion. From the Office of War Information, 1943. View full size.
December 1942. A winter afternoon in the North Proviso yardmaster's office, Chicago & North Western Railroad. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. Click here for a closeup of the poster on the wall.
August 1940. Little girl at the Reitz farm near Falls Creek, Pennsylvania, washing eggs to be sold at Tri-County Farmers Co-op Market at Du Bois. View full size. 3¼ inch safety negative by Jack Delano, Farm Security Administration.
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