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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

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.

 

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.

 
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