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Afterparty: 1953

Afterparty: 1953

"Tedfords' party." Let's get a jump start on the weekend with this circa 1953 outtake from the "Linda" Kodachromes and its inventory of mid-century kitchen gear, starring what used to be called an "electric sink." View full size.

Two bottles

Looks like two bottles of Cognac are empty...hence the smiles all around!!!

Pash the punch!

The lady on the lap has far-away and glassy eyes, and is surrounded by Mad Men!

I'm not sure,,

but isn't that the way Edgar Bergen got started?

Good old days

Ah, for the days when you could suck down Camel straights with no worries (that you knew of).

Previously on Young Moderns of 1952

Our insurance salesman did pretty good.

Whoever is less hammered

...drives home.

Coffee vacuum

Also: the upper portions of two vacuum coffee-makers.

Sit on my lap while I smoke

You have to leave if my wife shows up though.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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