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June 1942. "Queens, New York. Nursery school at the Queensbridge housing project. Child dressing after a nap." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.
December 1942. Boxcars being refurbished. "Regular tracks of the South Yards of the Chicago & North Western R.R. Proviso Yard." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.
June 1936. Skunk cabbage, ferns and alders keep this farmer in the north Oregon hills hard at work as he attempts to clear an abandoned homestead. Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. View full size.
June 1942. "Queens, New York. Children get milk or tomato juice after their nap at the nursery school at Queensbridge housing project." View full size. Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.
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