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1952. "Lucille Ball and daughter Lucie Arnaz nestling together at home." Happy Mother's Day from Shorpy! Color transparency by Charlotte Brooks for the article "The Real Lucy" in Look magazine. View full size.
August 20, 1959. There was no Twitter in 1959, but you could carry a sign around. "Little Rock, Arkansas. Rally at State Capitol. Group protesting admission of the 'Little Rock Nine' to Central High School." Photo by John T. Bledsoe. U.S. News & World Report Photograph Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.
Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1958, in the midst of that city's school integration crisis. No caption or photographer credit, but the picture tells the story. View full size.