History by Carl Mydans
 Loungers hang around the Duval
Club lunchroom in Freer, Texas, 1937.
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In 1936, Henry Luce, who had successfully started two of the great news magazines in the United States, TIME and FORTUNE, decided to start yet a third publication. It would feature the work of the great new photojournalists who were starting to emerge. One of these photographers was Carl Mydans. 

Carl's first assignment was to photograph a small town in Texas. This essay became the first photo essay to be filed in the new LIFE picture collection, and still bears the number 001. 

To order a copy of this photo, contact
the LIFE Gallery of Photography.
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