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1865. Charleston, South Carolina, after bombardment by the Federal Navy. Broad Street, looking east with the ruins of the Cathedral of St. John and St. Finbar. Half of a glass-plate stereograph, photographer unknown. View full size.
October 1935. Scotts Run, West Virginia. Doped singer: "Love, oh love, oh keerless love." Relief investigator reported a number of dope cases at Scotts Run. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative and caption by Ben Shahn for the FSA.
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