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A.F.L.: 1921

A.F.L.: 1921

Washington, D.C., January 1921. "American Federation of Labor." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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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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