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Vintage photos of:
1943. Japanese-American internees at the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California. "Players involved in a football game on a dusty field, buildings and mountains in the distance. Note: Be sure and straighten horizon when printing." Medium-format nitrate negative by Ansel Adams. View full size.
November 1911. Chicopee, Massachusetts. Henry Fritz, 56 Cheever Street, has worked in the spinning room at Dwight Manufacturing two or three months. Peter Pluta lives at 2 Bertha Avenue. Works in the spinning room, two years there. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.
October 1939. The Unruf family. Mennonite wheat farmers from Kansas, now developing a stump ranch in Boundary County, Idaho. The mother, father and hardworking 15-year-old son with other children in yard before the barn. Father and son have cleared 30 acres of raw stump land in three years. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA. View full size.