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September 16, 1913. Jimmie Chinquanana [?], 11 Hamilton Street, New York. In dark, inner room of his home, in the rear of their store. He is the ninth child, six of whom are dead. Father abused the wife; drinks. Boy below grade; is bad at times. Further data in their files; #894 Nurse Investigator Records, Department of Public Charities. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine in cooperation with the Clearing House for Mental Defectives, 303 East 20th Street. View full size.
June 1942. Lockheed Vega aircraft plant at Burbank, California. "Hollywood missed a good bet when they overlooked this attractive aircraft worker, who is shown checking electrical sub-assemblies." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by David Bransby for the Office of War Information.