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1916. "Dolly sister with Buzzer the cat, portrait photograph." One of the Dolly Sisters (Rose and Jenny), twin vaudeville stars from Budapest who made it big in America. 5x7 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.
April 1936. "Group of houses in 600 block on East Detroit Street. Milwaukee, Wisconsin." Plus: One kid, one cat and the Joseph D. Frinzi meat market. Photo by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.
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