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Vintage photos of:
Wellington, New Zealand, circa 1950. "Household appliances including washing & sewing machine, mixer, toaster, polisher and heater." Also a control-robot with three hands -- hour, minute and left. Photo by K.E. Niven & Co. View full size.
May 1943. Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. "Twins Amy and Mary Rose Lindich, 21, employed at the Pennsylvania Railroad as car repairmen helpers, earning 72 cents per hour. They reside in Jeanette and carpool with fellow workers." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.
1937. "Stoddard's Lower Range from Factors Walk, River Street, Savannah, Georgia." Cotton warehouses built by John Stoddard on the bluffs above the Savannah River in the late 1850s. This seems ripe for one of those condo conversions where the price features a decimal point. View full size.