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Vintage photos of:
Spring 1961. My brother was just completing his first year teaching English at a Sacramento, California area high school and accompanied some of his students on a trip to Yosemite, where he snapped this Kodachrome slide. Coincidentally, I was completing my first year as a high schooler, and can therefore testify to the authenticity of the garb. View full size.
June 1913. "Child Labor Scholarship. Boy securing his weekly allowance from the New York Child Labor Committee, that permits his presence in school." Is it hard to concentrate with the Internet staring at you? Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.
From around 1943 comes this uncaptioned photo, somewhere in North Africa, of Dymaxion Deployment Units. The prefab huts, used here as officers' quarters, were based on Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion House, "metal adapted corn bin, built by Butler Brothers, Kansas City." Office of War Information. View full size.
June 1943. "Turkey Pond, near Concord, New Hampshire. Women workers employed by a Department of Agriculture timber salvage sawmill. Ruth De Roche, 18-year-old 'pit woman,' resting her head on her lunch pail during the lunch hour." Photo by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.