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Mary Cumming, Vassar '57, has an interesting first job in New York as a secretary in the office of industrial designer Raymond Loewy. She landed the job without the help of friends and now gets $70 a week. Several young men dance attendance on Mary, but she would like to work two years more before settling down ...
1956. "New York. Mary Cumming, 21, secretary in the office of designer Raymond Loewy." The young lady last seen here crossing the street. Photo by Phillip Harrington for the Look magazine assignment "Career Girl." View full size.
Circa 1905. "Caravels and La Rabida (Sanitarium for Children), Jackson Park, Chicago. Replicas of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria that participated in the World's Columbian Exposition." Note the hand-propelled trike. Happy Columbus Day from Shorpy! 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.
Amelia County, Virginia, in the early 1960s. Sunday dinner at the Miller house, with the farm of Marvin and Thelma Warriner in the background. Photo by Helen Warriner-Burke. View full size.