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B.E.P.: 1929

B.E.P.: 1929

June 26, 1929. Washington, D.C. "Bureau of Engraving and Printing." Note the many mercury-discharge lamps. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

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What do they see?

They all appear to be staring at something(one) out of frame right. The grim, almost scared look on several of their faces reminds me of an old Charles Addams cartoon.

A tint situation.

I'd bet the light those lamps threw out was a garish bluish-green. Not exactly stimulating.

Stained for life

You can always tell a printer by his fingers; witness the guy on the left.

Division of labor

Girls on the left, boys on the right. Libs and Neo-cons?

What are they printing?

Not money, but rather some kind of fairly large certificates, six per sheet of paper. Government bonds, perhaps?

The lady in the middle who's sitting directly behind the roller looks like the constant mechanical racket in the place has driven her right 'round the bend!

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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