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Vintage photos of:
Medford, Mass., circa 1977. Marion Street about 2 a.m. around the corner from my house. It was fall and the leaves were just turning over a Pinto wagon with fake wood paneling. I took this for a class at the New England School of Photography. The exposure was about a minute with a 4x5 view camera. The wind hardly moved. It was a truly beautiful timeless moment. View full size.
November 24, 1924. "Bonus Bureau -- Personnel Records Division." Workers in an intriguingly named section of the government department responsible for keeping track of World War I veterans so they could get their "bonus money," a benefit they were supposed to redeem no earlier than 1945; their demands for early compensation led to the Bonus Army protests of 1932. View full size.