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August 1942. Ella Watson, a charwoman employed by the government in Washington, D.C. View full size. Photograph by Gordon Parks, who took dozens of pictures of Mrs. Watson in one of his first assignments for the FSA.
May 1942. Emily Schwak, Queen of the May at the Beecher Street School in Southington, Connecticut, where the children put on a patriotic display. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Fenno Jacobs.
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