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June 1942. Sheffield, Alabama. "Kenneth C. Hall leaves for work. Mr. Hall is a foreman in the hot rolling mill at the Reynolds Metals Company, an aluminum plant using Tennesse Valley Authority electricity. He lives in a TVA defense house with wife Helen Louise and daughter Peggy." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.
June 1942. "Brooklyn, New York. Red Hook housing development. Nursery children at the Community Center. Some come from the surrounding neighborhood. About 100 children attend." View full size. Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.