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December 1941 or January 1942. Child of a Farm Security Administration rural rehabilitation borrower in front of his house in Puerto Rico. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the FSA.
May 1943. Melrose Park, Ill. Chicago & North Western towerman R.W. Mayberry of Elmhurst at the Proviso Yard. He operates a set of retarders and switches at the hump. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.
October 1942. Metal parts are placed on masonite by this employee before they slide under the multi-ton hydropress at North American Aviation in Inglewood, California. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.
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