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December 1942. Melrose Park, Illinois. Roy Nelin, a box packer in the Proviso Yard roundhouse of the Chicago & North Western R.R. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.
March 1943. Drying oranges at a co-op packing plant in Redlands, California. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, taken during his trip from Chicago to California on a Santa Fe freight train.
Untitled, fall 1936. Schoolchildren probably in Manchester, New Hampshire. (Neighboring frames show views of Amoskeag, "the French section" of that city.) View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the FSA.
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