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Vintage photos of:
January 1939. "Sign near Weslaco, Texas." Thinking back to high school civics or Trivial Pursuit, some of us may hazily recall the Townsend Plan's having something to do with old-age pensions and Social Security. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.
Niagara Falls, New York, in 1908. "Niagara Street." Presided over by a banner advertising the Democratic presidential ticket of William Jennings Bryan and John Kern. Or advising against them if you take the streetcar sign into account. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.