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Mike and Buff: 1952

Mike and Buff: 1952

New York, 1952. "Television personality Mike Wallace wearing Italian sportswear and casual shoes. Includes Wallace with wife Buff at home." A veritable United Nations of decorative influences here. Photo by John Vachon for the Look magazine article "Italian clothes get the American treatment." View full size.


Considering the fine quality of furniture and clothing, it's difficult to understand the el cheapo cardboard chess set.

Luckiest Pawn In The World

Interesting how other comments draw attention to seemingly routine photo details. I would never have thought to study the chess game, with all 32 pieces still on the board. Yep, one lucky pawn.

A man for several seasons

Ah, the redoubtable Mr. Wallace: actor, game show host and panelist, reporter, anchor, commentator ... and man, could he sell him some margarine!

Fashionable Mr. Wallace

Look at that shirt! Very avant garde. And looks like Mr. Wallace is also wearing espadrilles. Pretty fashion forward for 1952.

Advantage Mike

If she has already made her move, her queen is toast. Also, it looks like Mr. Wallace has given her an opportunity to do some damage on his side of the board.

Fake Chess Game

No way the pawn on g4 could have legally gotten there!

Back of the hand

Either he's worried she has a fever or she's about to make a devastating move.

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