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Summer of 1938. "Underpass in central Ohio, Route 40. Roadside does not at first present a definite or meaningful picture. Closer investigation begins to reveal the character of the place." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn.
October 1935. Matinee at the Casino Cinema in Amite City, Louisiana. Among the current offerings: Laurel and Hardy in "Tit for Tat." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.
New York's Central Park on a Sunday in September 1942, with the twin towers of the San Remo apartments in the background. View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information.
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