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June 1952. Cornered in his corner office: "Harried executive sitting at desk with pill bottles and ashtray full of cigarette butts; arms are handing him papers and a telephone." Photo by Phillip Harrington for the Look magazine assignment "Your Next Promotion Can Kill You." View full size.
June 1943. "Miss Frances Heisler, pump attendant at one of the Atlantic Refining Company garages in Philadelphia. She was formerly a clerk in the payroll department of the Curtis Publishing Co." Our third look at Frances on the job. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.
November 1908. High Shoals, North Carolina. "St. Johns Mission School. 'Not supported by the Mill company, but we are always on good terms with them,' said the Sister in charge. Supported by the Episcopal Church. Average attendance 15." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.