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April 2, 1925. "Experiment at Gallaudet College by Prof. R.H. Gault." Last seen here, the Professor was attempting to "enable the deaf to understand what is said to them by feeling words with their fingers." National Photo Co. View full size.
February 1939. "Child of migrant sitting by kitchen cabinet in tent home near Edinburg, Texas." Ten Commandments, meet Jersey Creamery. Medium-format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.
February 1939. "Mr. Bias, former cowboy, now travels around the country in a trailer. Has private income. Weslaco, Texas." What does Mr. Bias play? Why, he plays favorites! Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Admin. View full size.
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