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March 1943. "Acomita, New Mexico. Brakeman R.E. Capsey repacking a journal box of a special car as the train on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Belen and Gallup, New Mexico, waits on a siding." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.
June 24, 1938. "Shirley sees her old friend the president. Shirley Temple leaving the White House today after a very important conference with the President. Shirley told Mr. Roosevelt about losing a tooth last night, and he told her about Sistie and Buzzie losing their teeth. Shirley expects to be in Washington a week checking on the affairs of state with different government officials." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
July 1920. Washington, D.C. "Dr. H.B. Bradford." Professor Harry Bradford, "naturalist and animal artist," according to the Washington Post, was also, in 1910, "president of the Antivaccination Society of the District of Columbia." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.