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March 1943. "Topock, Arizona (vicinity). Military sentry stationed at a bridge over the Colorado River along the Santa Fe Railroad between Seligman, Arizona, and Needles, California." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.
October 1943. Washington, D.C. "Girls playing soccer in physical education class at Woodrow Wilson High School." Saddle Shoes connects in a 1-0 nail-biter. Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.
Oct. 23, 1959. Hackensack, New Jersey. "Bloomingdale's Bergen County. 'Delicacies.' Raymond Loewy Associates, client." Sweets for the upscale suburbanite. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.
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