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on verso, upper left stamped in purple ink inverted: REF. DEP. / DEC 20 1932; by unknown hand, upper center in graphite inverted: A894; upper right Acme copyright stamp in red ink perpendicular and partially visible; center printed in purple ink on applied paper inverted: LA 208926 / TECHNOCRACY'S ENEMY AIDING HUMAN MISERY / RECOGNIZING THE PRINCIPLE OF TECHNOCRACY, THAT MACHINERY / MUST BE MADE THE SLAVE OF MAN RATHER THAN MAN THE SERF / OF THE MACHINE, THE [by unknown hand in graphite: X] LAYNE [underlined in graphite] [by unknown hand in graphite: ✓] FOUNDATION OF LOS ANGELES IS ONE / OF THE FIRST ORGANIZATIONS TO UTILIZE MACHINERY FOR THE / RELIEF OF HUMAN MISERY AND FEED THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR / POSITIONS AS A RESULT OF AUTOMATIC DEVICES. FORMED ORIG- / INALLY FOR CHARITABLE AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES, THE XXXXX / FOUNDATION BY USING MACHINERY WHICH HAS THROWN SCORES OF / PERSONS OUT OF PROFITABLE EMPLOYMENT, HAS BEEN ABLE TO / FEED THOUSANDS OF PERSONS WHO OTHERWISE HAVE GONE WITHOUT / THE NECESSITIES OF LIFE. THE FOUNDATION MAINTAINS AN AUTO / WASH STATION. IT CHARGES $1.25 TO WASH A CAR. EIGHT MEN / ARE PUT TO WORK ON EACH CAR. AS A REWARD THEY ARE GIVEN / FOOD PREPARED BY AN AUTOMATIC MACHINE WHICH HAS PUT MEN / OUT OF WORK. PHOTO SHOWS A LINEUP OF MEN WAITING TO EARN / HOT CAKES POLISHING CARS. / CREDIT LINE (ACME) 12/17/32; by unknown hand, bottom left in graphite underlined and inverted: Unemployed; bottom left in graphite inverted: ✓

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(sale, Ebay.com); Mary and Dan Solomon, Monarch Beach, CA; gift to NGA, 2018.

Associated Names
Solomon, Dan and Mary
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