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Vintage photos of:
December 1936. "New York. Scene from the Bronx tenement district from which many of the New Jersey homesteaders have come." There are a million stories in the Naked City, and a lot of them seem to involve laundry. Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.
May 1910. St. Louis, Missouri. "Johnnie Burns and his Basement Branch (See Photo 1461). Also photo of his boy who he says is 'ungovernable.' Burns says the 4-year-old twins will be selling soon. 3518 Evans Avenue." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.
UPDATE: The photo now has a caption.
January or February 1930. Thomas David Schall with dog and woman at Columbia microphone.
Circa 1930 Washington, D.C. Not only can Fido sit, stay and speak, he (or she) can also broadcast. Unlabeled Harris & Ewing glass plate. View full size.
August 1942. "Detroit (vicinity). Chrysler Corporation Dodge truck plant. Hundreds of deft operations are required to assemble and finish the long lines of Dodge Army truck bodies that move daily to final production lines." Just one of the thousands of production lines that spelled doom for the Axis. Medium-format negative by Arthur Siegel, Office of War Information. View full size.