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Vintage photos of:
Nov. 21, 1950. "Cellulose Sales Co., 250 Park Avenue, New York. Accounting office." In addition to the usual staplers, ink stamps and accounting machines we have one big glass ash tray and another shaped like a ship's wheel, both amply supplied with butts. Whose filters would have been made mostly of cellulose! Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.
Linda and the gang circa 1952. Hey kids, go fly a kite! (But watch out for those power lines.) 35mm Kodachrome slide found on eBay. View full size.
November 1933. Kingsport, Tennessee. "Ola Brooks of Mount Carmel. This girl is placing index tabs, applied with tweezers. A moderate degree of skill is required to get tabs in the right place and in the right position. This girl came to the Kingsport Press directly from a farm and has been working only two months." Another of Lewis Hine's photos for the Tennessee Valley Authority. View full size.