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June 1943. "Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Miss Frances Heisler, a garage attendant at one of the Atlantic Refining Company garages. She was formerly a clerk in the payroll department of Curtis Publishing." Our fourth visit to this gas station. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.
April 1955. "Duke Ellington and band members playing baseball in front of their segregated motel while touring in Florida." Who'll be first to locate the Astor? From photos by Charlotte Brooks (who died this month at age 95) for the Look magazine assignment "A Living Legend Swings On." View full size.
1952. "Photographs show families who migrated to California during the Dust Bowl years. People pictured include Mr. & Mrs. Dinwiddie with daughter Ruth and grandchildren Margaret and Bobby." From photos by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment "What's Become of the Okies?" View full size.