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May 20, 1862. "The Peninsula, Virginia. The staff of Gen. Fitz-John Porter; Lts. William G. Jones and George A. Custer reclining." Photographs from the main Eastern theater of war: the Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862. Wet plate glass negative, half of stereograph pair, by James F. Gibson. View full size.
May 1942. Southington, Connecticut. "As a boy in Italy, Nick Grillo dreamed of America and its opportunity. He saved enough money for boat passage to this country. Today, after 22 years, he is one of the world's outstanding floriculturists, developer of the famous Thornless Rose, an age-old dream of his craft." Medium format Kodachrome transparency by Fenno Jacobs. View full size.