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"Xmas 1948," featuring the young man we've come to know so well, kicks off our Kodachrome Christmas weekend! We're inclined to say these two are cousins rather than sibs, based on the relatively few appearances the girl makes in the dozens of slides in this batch, taken in Bay County, Michigan. View full size.
March 1943. "Barstow, California. Conductor David L. Webb sleeping in his caboose. He works on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad out of San Bernardino." With what looks like another set of those railroad-safety posters. Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.
March 1936. "Heavy black clouds of dust rising over the Texas Panhandle" — evidence of the forces that were driving thousands of farm families in Texas and Oklahoma to the West Coast in the great Dust Bowl migration chronicled in "The Grapes of Wrath." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.