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June 1943. "Turkey Pond, near Concord, New Hampshire. Women workers employed by U.S. Department of Agriculture timber salvage sawmill. Ruth DeRoche and Norma Webber, 18-year-old 'pit-women,' relaxing after lunch." Photo by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.
Sept. 1942. "Special train carrying agricultural workers to upper New York state to work in the harvest." Our second look at the high schoolers recruited by the Farm Security Administration amid a wartime labor shortage to travel from Richwood, West Virginia, to Batavia, New York, to help bring in the fall harvest of tomatoes, apples and other crops. Photo by John Collier. View full size.