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Jan. 29, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Knickerbocker after collapse." Aftermath of the Knickerbocker Theater disaster, in which the snow-laden roof of Harry Crandall's cinema at Columbia Road and 18th Street caved in, killing 98 moviegoers. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
September 1942. "Manpower. Americans all. Husky, bright-eyed Joe Gore Jr. is a young American of Polish descent who is determined that Hitler shall be driven from Poland and kept from America's shores. Machining medium tank parts in a Midwest plant during most of the daylight hours leaves Joe in a quite weary state when evening rolls around. Joe's home shows vestiges of 'old country' influences, but his own personal attic sanctum is solid Americana. Note the Home Bride, and the rocker that any mountain home would welcome. Pressed Steel Can Co., Chicago." Photo by Ann Rosener, Office of War Information. View full size.
October 1942. "High school Victory Corps. The 'fireman's carry.' Method of carrying a wounded comrade is shown here by boys in the 'commando' course of the physical education program at Flushing High School, Queens, New York." Photo by William Perlitch for the Office of War Information. View full size.