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    Oil Field, Signal Hill, California, 1941. Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart.

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    Signal Hill, California Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart, National Geographic This Month in Photo of the Day: Vintage National Geographic Photographs A forest of oil derricks makes a ghostly backdrop for a conversation in Signal Hill, California, in 1941. The city is located north of Long Beach in Los Angeles County.

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