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Jailbirds: 1940

Jailbirds: 1940

March 1940. "Hays County Jail, San Marcos, Texas. Living quarters for the Deputy Sheriff, who is the jailer, and his family, are downstairs. Jail cells are on second floor. Maid who came to the door said, 'It's the nicest place I ever saw'." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Admini. View full size.


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