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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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So You Want to Get Married

So You Want to Get Married

April 1938. "Magazine advertisements. Washington, D.C." Teasers for the latest in titillating periodicals. Photo by John Vachon. View full size.

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Author of "Latins are Lousy Lovers"

Helen Lawrenson, who died in New York City at age 74 in 1982. The piece was published anonymously in the October 1936 issue of Esquire which was banned in Cuba. The article is both preposterous and amusing. An example: "In short, as the result of an extensive female survey, my conclusions are that offhand I would swap you five Cubans, three South Americans and two slightly used Spaniards for one good Irish-American any night in the week. I feel sorry for the women of Cuba. Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to try and try."

Two Can Sing

The American Magazine is featuring the story "Two Can Sing" by James M. Cain, who eight years later would publish "The Postman Always Rings Twice." "Two Can Sing" was adapted into the film "Wife, Husband and Friend" in 1939.

Well, Sonja Henie's tutu!

It's Sonja Henie on the cover of Popular Photography!

"Night Must End"

Pretty well-known in her day, Margaret Price was an author of children's and adult books, an artist and illustrator, and a toy designer. Along with her husband Irving Price, and Herman G. Fischer Fisher, she was a co-founder of Fisher-Price Toys. There is a permanent collection of her art work at the Museum of the New York Historical Society.

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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