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December 1943. "Lynn Massman, wife of a second class petty officer who is studying in Washington, does the washing every morning." View full size. Medium-format negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.
April 12, 1910. "Chinatown after shooting." The Port Arthur teahouse at 9 Mott Street in New York's Chinatown during the tong wars between the Hip Sings and On Leongs. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.
October 1942. "Another B-25 bomber rolls off the final assembly line to join other ships in the outdoor assembly area. North American Aviation Inc. Inglewood, California." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.
October 1942. "Installing an engine at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant. Fort Worth, Texas." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard R. Hollem for the Odffice of War Information.
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