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1963. "George Jenkins, founder of the Publix supermarket chain, with his family at their home in Lakeland, Florida." 35mm negative by Marvin Newman for the Look magazine assignment "George Pleasures Them With Groceries." View full size.
San Francisco, 1927. "Stutz Vertical Eight with Safety Chassis." The so-called "Safety Stutz" featured four-wheel hydraulic brakes and wire-reinforced, supposedly shatterproof glass -- just the thing for cruising in the rain on bald tires. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.
November 12, 1920. Washington, D.C. "14 PERSONS INJURED IN CRASH OF 3 CARS: Wreck at 9th and F Streets When Brakes Fail to Work Endangers Many Others. POLICEMEN LEAP TO SAFETY. More Than 2,000 Citizens Delayed an Hour in Getting Home ... " Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.
It's 1942 and we're back in San Francisco for another look at one of the many fine establishments made even finer by the installation of Buckley Music System's "Music Box." The eatery is Andy Wong's "Fair Famous" Mission Trails Restaurant, Harvey Lum, manager, at 500 Sutter Street. Close your eyes and you can practically hear Padre tolling the mission bell while the brothers pound out their tortillas. 8x10 inch acetate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.
May 1921. Washington, D.C. "Charles Seeger, a composer, is a brother of Alan Seeger, the war poet. His wife is a distinguished violinist." And their baby boy will grow up to be folk legend Pete Seeger. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.
Ethnomusicologist Charles Seeger, seated in automobile, with family, standing, L-R: wife Constance Seeger, concert violinist, holding son Pete (1919-2014), and sons John and Charles. The family is ready to leave Washington, D.C., for their 1921 "trailer trip" musical expedition to bring classical music to rural areas.