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Washington, D.C., 1940. "No caption." Which is just as well, because the picture tells all we need to know: Hoboken and Nebraska are right where they should be. This might be good fodder for a caption-writing contest (or, for the Photoshoppers among us, thought-balloon contest). For the record, what we have here seems to be the winner of the 1940 National Spelling Bee. Details in the comments. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
Clinton, Iowa. April 1943. "Chicago & North Western Railroad. Women wipers at the roundhouse cleaning one of the giant H-class locomotives." In the red bandanna: Marcella Hart, seen here in a few other posts. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.
Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1906. "Cleveland Grays Armory." A volunteer militia that saw action in the Civil War, the Cleveland Grays built this sandstone castle as a meeting place and social center in 1893. Now playing: "Everyman," billed as "the XVth century morality play." Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.