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Vintage photos of:
"Christmas 1957." Having seen the boy toys at Kermy and Janet's house in Baltimore, we now move on to the girl gifts, which include Little Miss Revlon and Betsy McCall dolls as well as a Fun With Needlepoint Kit ("Make your own horse"). What else do we recognize here? 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.
"Dr. Grace Hopper, director, Systems Research, Remington Rand, half-length portrait, seated, smoking cigarette." The pioneering computer programmer and Navy admiral (1906-1992) is the subject of today's Google Doodle, marking her 107th birthday. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. View full size.
"Permeated by the passionate, vengeful Neapolitan spirit, despite a pleasing lack of half-intelligible broken English."-- New York Times
New York, 1902. "Scene from Little Italy showing Minnie Maddern Fiske on bed, Frederic De Belleville kneeling, Claus Bogel seated with head bowed, and group of people in doorway." Little Italy, a "one-act tragedy of the East Side" by Horace Fry first performed in 1898, was revived on Broadway in 1902 for a 24-performance run at the Manhattan Theatre. Joseph Byron photo. View full size.
August 4, 1960. "Family and mourners at the Arlington National Cemetery burial of Willard G. Palm, RB-47 reconnaissance airplane pilot shot down by the Russians." Photo by John T. Bledsoe, U.S. News & World Report. View full size.