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Vintage photos of:
July 1939. Granville County, North Carolina. "Country filling station owned and operated by tobacco farmer. Such small independent stations have become meeting places and loafing spots for neighborhood farmers in their off times." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
"Elwin asleep - 11 April 1952." This outtake from Minnesota Kodachromes was evidently deemed worth saving despite the photographer's being at the end of his roll. 35mm color transparency by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.