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November 1942. Columbia Steel Co. at Geneva, Utah. "Steel and concrete go into place rapidly as a new steel mill takes form. The new plant will make important additions to the vast amount of steel needed for the war effort." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger, Office of War Information.
January 23, 1917. Boston, Massachusetts. "G. Leahy, 1249 Cambridge Street. Messenger for Metropolitan Messenger and Mailing Co., 67 Bromfield Street. Said 14 years old. Gets $5 a week wages, and makes $2.50 a week in tips. Taken at 3:15 p.m. on Tremont Street." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.