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December 23, 1936. Washington, D.C. "Bureau of Standards. Standardization of card colors. Kenneth Kelley judging colors of dyes." Whatever you labor at, Shorpy wishes you a happy Labor Day. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.
June 1940. Washington, D.C. "Direct postal telegraph wire at a truck service station on U.S. 1 (New York Avenue)." So the place was something of an Internet cafe, without the lattes or wifi. 35mm negative by Jack Delano. View full size.
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