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B.E.P.: 1929

B.E.P.: 1929

June 26, 1929. Washington, D.C. "Bureau of Engraving and Printing." Note the many mercury-discharge lamps. National Photo glass negative. View full size.


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What do they see?

They all appear to be staring at something(one) out of frame right. The grim, almost scared look on several of their faces reminds me of an old Charles Addams cartoon.

A tint situation.

I'd bet the light those lamps threw out was a garish bluish-green. Not exactly stimulating.

Stained for life

You can always tell a printer by his fingers; witness the guy on the left.

Division of labor

Girls on the left, boys on the right. Libs and Neo-cons?

What are they printing?

Not money, but rather some kind of fairly large certificates, six per sheet of paper. Government bonds, perhaps?

The lady in the middle who's sitting directly behind the roller looks like the constant mechanical racket in the place has driven her right 'round the bend!

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