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An electric refrigerator helps Mrs. Case keep her eggs fresh in Lauderdale County, Alabama. This photograph for the Tennessee Valley Authority was taken by Arthur Rothstein in June, 1942. View full size.
Lydia Monroe of Ringold, Louisiana, is a student nurse at Provident Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. Her father is a machinist at the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company. Photo by Jack Delano, March, 1942. View full size.
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