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Philadelphia circa 1906. "Broad Street. Masonic Temple and United Methodist Church, north from City Hall." Notable signage includes Wilson Whiskey's two-word slogan as well as the starburst down the street advertising AUTOS. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
As long as we are sharing school photos, this was my first grade class at James Buchanan Elementary in Levittown, Pennsylvania. Our teacher was. Mrs Alice Stutzman. The date is May 1961 but that is not our classroom. We were in room 5. They set the chairs and camera up in room 1 and every class took their turn going there and posing. I am the girl in green with my head tilted. View full size.
The teenaged sisters were missing for 25 days before their naked, frozen bodies were found the morning of Jan. 22, 1957, when a passing construction worker spotted what appeared to be two discarded clothing-store mannequins lying next to a guardrail on German Church Road. -- From "True Crime Illinois," by Troy Taylor
"Grimes case -- 1/25/57." Diner employees who say they were among the last to see Patricia and Barbara Grimes, aged 13 and 15, alive. Their murder remains unsolved to this day. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.