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Washington, D.C., 1924. "Proof of Buick standardization of units: Assembly of complete operating chassis from parts stock carried by Buick Motor Co. local branch." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.
February 9, 1916. "Mountain Chief of Piegan Blackfeet making phonographic record at Smithsonian." The interviewer is ethnologist Frances Densmore. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.
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