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October 1939. "Oklahoman, worked three years as farm laborer, starts next year on his own place. Quit school after third day. Can neither read nor write. Is 'best farm laborer' this farmer ever had. Near Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.
Our latest from the Janet & Kermy Kodachromes is labeled "Nawakwa 1957." Which I am pretty sure is not a Bill Murray movie. View full size.
Reviewing stands set up for the Shriners Convention of June 1923, which hosted a quarter-million delegates from lodges and temples across the United States in Washington for a week of parades along Pennsylvania Avenue, strung with thousands of lights and rechristened the "Road to Mecca" at a time when interest in fraternal organizations was at its peak. Harris & Ewing photo. View full size.
January 1909. Macon, Georgia. "Some doffer boys." For those of us rusty on our cotton mill terminology, the job entailed the removal ("doffing") and replacement of thread bobbins when they were empty. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Commission. View full size.