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July 1942. "Conservation. Rubber. This truck tire has run 146,000 miles. It is now planned to retread it with a life expectancy of at least half the original mileage. The tire is size 9.75 x 20, weighs 129 pounds and was run at an air pressure of 70 pounds. Miss Jean Spanitz, stenographer in the Division of Motor Transportation, Office of Defense Transportation, poses with the tire." 4x5 inch acetate negative by Albert Freeman for the Office of War Information. View full size.
New York, 1957. "Maya Angelou, full length portrait, dressed for her part in the Caribbean Calypso Festival." New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.
April 1961. "Sunbathing with the latest swimming pool equipment, including a lounge chair with floating beverage holders and game table attachments." From photos by Bob Sandberg for the Look magazine assignment "For Women Only -- Pool Life." Tell your kids about how back in the day people couldn't play cards or smoke in the pool, and all you're likely to get is a blank stare. View full size.
June 1943. "Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Bernice Stevens of Braddock, Pa., mother of one child, employed in the engine house of the Pennsylvania Railroad, earns 58 cents per hour. She is cleaning a locomotive with a high pressure nozzle. Her husband is in the Army." Photo by Marjory Collins. View full size.