“Merrifield, Virginia: U.S. Postal workers operating sorting machines wear earphones tuned to the music of their choice to relieve the monotony and noise of their work and machines”

By George J. Szabo, ca. 1973

Taken for a Russian language publication for an article called “Making Work Human Again,” this photograph depicts several recent trends in the U.S. workplace: ever-increasing automation, concern for workplace safety and comfort, and the growing isolation of workers from one another.

National Archives, Records of the U.S. Information Agency (306-PSE-73-1538)