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May 1943. More Mexican sugar-beet pickers headed north. "Mexican workers recruited and brought to the Arkansas valley, Colorado, Nebraska and Minnesota by the FSA to harvest sugar beets." View full size. Office of War Information.
New York, 1917. Another shot of the sailors and mascots aboard the U.S.S. Recruit, a mock battleship moored in Union Square as a Naval recruiting station. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.
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