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Vintage photos of:
Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Foundling Hospital playroom." Another look at Lieutenant George Pickett III and tots at the Washington Asylum for Foundlings (generally, babies found after being abandoned by their mothers shortly after birth -- think basket on a doorstep with a note attached). Lieut. Pickett was manager of a fund drive that sought to raise $10,000 for the kids. View full size.