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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Divining Mrs. M: 1936

Divining Mrs. M: 1936

Circa 1936. "Muschenheim, William, Mrs., portrait photograph." Wife of the modernist architect. Nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

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Be it ever so moderne

The William and Elizabeth Muschenheim house. Ann Arbor, MI

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Mrs. Muschenheim was born Elizabeth Bodanzky, daughter of Artur Bodanzky, a conductor of the Metropolitan Opera of New York. William Muschenheim was the son of Artur, who was the general manager of the Astor Hotel.

House on the Dunes

A photo presumably taken at William Muschenheim's estate "House on the Dunes," in Hampton Bays, New York. It would have been only a few years old at the time. The real highlight of the estate was its Modernist bath house, which fell victim to a hurricane in 1954. As far as I can tell, the main house itself is no longer standing.

Note: the picture wouldn't have been from the Ann Arbor house seen in another response, as the family didn't move to Michigan until 1950, when William became a professor at the University of Michigan. He retired as a professor in 1972 but remained active in the architectural field until he died in 1990 at age 88.

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds do not a prison make. By the 50s the slats had gone to slightly down-curved (for stiffness) metal.

The other parts were identical.

[Those aluminum-slat blinds were mostly for office and institutional use. The nicer ones were (and still are) flat and wooden, as in the 1958 house I grew up in. - Dave]

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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