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Vintage photos of:
The Bureau of War Risk Insurance, a World War I agency that over the past century morphed into the Department of Veterans Affairs, which still occupies this building. Plus ça change ...
Washington, D.C., 1923. "War Risk Bureau, Vermont Avenue and I Street N.W." 8x10 inch glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.
July 1918. "Alex, a 14-year-old working boy in St. Etienne, France, was found intently studying the playground model at the Children's Welfare Exhibit of the American Red Cross. He has been working since 11 years of age, and said: 'On account of the high cost of living, I now get four and a half francs a day'." 5x7 inch glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine for the American Red Cross. View full size.