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October 6, 1913. "Fans at Midnight." The crowd at a Moxie stand outside New York's Polo Grounds before the first game of the 1913 World Series between the Giants and Philadelphia Athletics the following afternoon. View full size.
Another shot of AOM Jesse Rhodes Waller and machine gun in a PBY Catalina at Corpus Christi Naval Air Base in August 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.
February 5, 1921. "Miss Bertha May Graf, chosen the prettiest girl at suffrage headquarters in Washington, will be chief flower girl at the National Woman's Party convention." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.
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