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Stereo photographs, called Kromograms, show the earthquake-damaged San Francisco of 1906. They are thought to be the first color photographs from one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history. Frederick Eugene Ives/Smithsonian's National Museum of American History hide caption

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Boy with raisin bread, photograph for the cover of McCall's Homemaking Magazine, ca. 1944 Nickolas Muray/Courtesy of the National Museum of American History Photographic History Collection hide caption

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A camera from Smithsonian's Photographic History Collection Smithsonian National Museum of American History hide caption

itoggle caption Smithsonian National Museum of American History