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Seeing that someone had just done it reminded me of this very old print I bought 10 years ago at an antique shop in Oberlin, Kansas. These pictures of immigrants posing in front of their sodhouses have a particular appeal for me. This one had even more because I bought it, I guess, just some miles away from where this house had stood. I have seen many of them, and I still think this is one of the best. View full size.