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June 1942. "Why greases must be saved. Introducing two good soldiers of the home front: the housewife who saves her waste household fats and greases, and the butcher to whom she gives this salvaged fat after she has collected at least one pound, strained it through a metal sieve and poured it into a large, wide-mouthed can. Butchers displaying the poster shown here will pay househoulders for the fat, and sell it to rendering plants thereby turning this valuable material into industrial channels where it will be processed into ammunition for America's fighting men." Medium format negative by Ann Rosener for the OWI. View full size.
6 p.m., May 18, 1909. Somersworth, New Hampshire. "Group of boys working in Great Falls Manufacturing Co. Smallest boy is Alfred Ouellet, 212 Main Street. Fat boy is Willie Laudry, 35 South St. Boy on right hand end is Napoleon St. Lawrence, 23 Union Street." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.