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October 1943. Washington, D.C. "Servicemen and girl at a party." Our title comes from the bookshelf, although it could be from the girl. Strategically, her companion has the right idea: Get your lady comfortable with food and drink, and maybe a pillow. Add conversation and stir. Operationally, though, we'd say the execution needs work. Photo by Esther Bubley, Office of War Information. View full size.
August 1942. "Testing small diameter, high-speed twist drills, these women employed by Republic Drill & Tool, Chicago, roll the drills down a slight incline to determine regularity of diameter. It's a job requiring patience and finger dexterity, and these young women possess those definite feminine propensities for just such work." Photo by Ann Rosener, Office of War Information. View full size.
Summer 1963. "Julie Andrews on the set of the film Mary Poppins." Kodachrome from photos by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment "Julie Andrews Goes to Hollywood." Today, with the opening of Saving Mr. Banks, you can see the 2013 Hollywood version of the story behind the making of this 50-year-old Hollywood version of the 80-year-old P.L. Travers story. View full size.
New Zealand circa 1910. "Group men outside a tent with a sign reading 'The Gaiety Camp,' showing each man performing domestic duties. Probably Christchurch district." It would be interesting to know something about the history of these elaborate camps (note the geranium flower beds), and how long the custom lasted. Photo by Adam Maclay, who made hundreds of these portraits. View full size.