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Farmhouse, near McCook, Nebraska, 1940  photographer, Wright Morris

Farmhouse, near McCook, Nebraska, 1940 photographer, Wright Morris

Backyard entrance to fallout shelter.  Cold War scare had us hidding under our desks at school; bomb shelters being built in basements and backyards.

Backyard entrance to fallout shelter. Cold War scare had us hidding under our desks at school; bomb shelters being built in basements and backyards.

Dec. 31, 1979: “Youngsters in an alley near East Broadway cavorted with their shadows in crisp sunlight.” The photographer remembers shooting the scene. “The light and the moment were wonderful,” he said recently. “The drying laundry made it memorable. You used to see laundry hung out to dry all the time in New York. Not anymore. Damn those dryers.” Photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Dec. 31, 1979: “Youngsters in an alley near East Broadway cavorted with their shadows in crisp sunlight.” The photographer remembers shooting the scene. “The light and the moment were wonderful,” he said recently. “The drying laundry made it memorable. You used to see laundry hung out to dry all the time in New York. Not anymore. Damn those dryers.” Photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

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