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Des Moines Fire Department, Des Moines, IA Samuel Wilcox (1855-1942) shown holding the fire horses in front of the fire department. Sam was a member of Comb. Company #9, Des Moines Fire Department. He was a fireman for 34 years. We are related.
October 1939. "The Fairbanks family has moved to three different places on the project in one year." Willow Creek area, Malheur County, Oregon. Photograph by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
January 1911. "Serafino driving Chub, his mule. Shaft #7, Pennsylvania Coal Company mine at South Pittston." Bright spots are open flames of lamps on the boys' hats. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.
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