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"Christmas 1957" is the label on this slide from the Kermy and Janet Kodachromes, taken at their house in Baltimore. Gifts include a Revell model aircraft carrier and something called the Shopping Center Game. View full size.
March 1942. Virginia Beach, Va. "Fort Story coast defense. A tough job for soldiers is shoving the breech block of the giant howitzer into place. The screw threads help the block to withstand millions of foot-pounds of pressure caused by the exploding charge." Photo by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. View full size.
Sept. 25, 1945. "Pine Ford Acres Community Building, Middletown, Pennsylvania. Detail III. Louis I. Kahn, architect." Part of a 450-unit residential development built on 51 acres for the Federal Works Agency and Federal Public Housing Authority. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.
Circa 1942, in the vicinity of Washington, D.C.: "Conservation of fuel oil." When the tradesman takes that pencil from behind his ear and uses it as a pointer, you know he's telling you something important. No photographer credit but we will guess Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.
"Come into the kitchen and I'll make you a smoothie."
October 1954. "Actress Judy Holliday posed with a large 'vegetable man' designed by Federico Pallavicini." Kodachrome by Milton H. Greene for the Look magazine assignment "Holiday Punch -- Judy Holliday." View full size.