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October 1942. "Salvage queen Annette del Sur, an office employee at Douglas Aircraft, Long Beach, California, with aluminum scraps collected at the plant." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.
October 1942. Girl worker at lunch also absorbing California sunshine, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.
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