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Milk and Cuties: 1951

Milk and Cuties: 1951

1951. Santa Barbara, California. "Lana Turner lunching by pool at the Coral Casino with daughter Cheryl Crane." Hollywood royalty, mingling with the hoi polloi. Color transparency by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

Still a high-class place.

The Coral Casino is located in a pretty ritzy part of Santa Barbara, close to the five-star Biltmore Hotel.

Lana Turner

She is featured in a lot of photos in the Shorpy archive! And in 1940, she was a brunette.


Everyone love Cracker Jacks. Wonder what her prize was.

Money Bags

Stella McCartney has a wooden accordion clutch bag with a similar look (only smaller) that sells for over $2,000. Wonder what something like that went for in the 1950s?


Two glasses of milk close to being accidentally knocked into the pool water. Even royalty is careless in recognizing all glass is off limits near a swimming pool.

Just Sandwiches Please

Good thing there is no cutlery on those trays.

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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