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Pictures from the Memphis/Shelby County Health Department showed the "visiting nurse" program as well as efforts to introduce "sanitary" conditions to dairies and farms. There are also pictures of modern garbage incineration. Many of the images appear to have been made with the aid of artificial lighting in the 1910's. They resemble the social documentarian Jacob Riis who photoraphed immigrants in New York's slums. Coovert's pictures were rescued from a yard sale in the 1970s by Mildred Hicks, a Health Department employee.

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# 1277. Visiting nurse with mother and twins.
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#1276. Visiting nurse bathing baby.
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# 1267. Boy and girl.
Photo by Coovert. Visiting nurse.
Photo by Coovert Crying baby. Photo by Coovert Happy baby.

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    # 1256. Modern dairy.
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    # 1270. Sanitary dairy and cows.
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    # 1269. Sanitary dairy.
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    # 1272. Courthouse laboratory for Health Department
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    # 1257. Visiting nurse with neglected child.
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    # 1266. Garbage dump and incinerator with sanitation police in carriage.
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    # 1264. Tuberculosis isolation camp.
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    # 1278. Garbage dump and incinerator.
    Photo by Coovert. Visiting nurse examining child for pellagra.