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For millions of women across America in the first half of the 20th century, working from home might mean "taking in wash" for another family.
November 1939. "Negro woman carrying laundry home along highway between Durham and Mebane, North Carolina." 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.
September 1941. "Frank E. Hagemeister, treasurer of the cooperative association on Scottsbluff Farmsteads, Farm Security Administration project. He has been here since 1937. He came from around Crawford, Nebraska, an extremely dry section with no irrigation." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.