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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Mixmistress Mutz: 1943

Mixmistress Mutz: 1943

February 1943. Moreno Valley, Colfax County, New Mexico. "George Mutz's youngest daughter helping with the cooking." Not quite the Miracle Kitchen, but it'll do. Photo by John Collier, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Miracle Kitchen: 1959

Miracle Kitchen: 1959

        "The Planning Center -- this is the heart and the brain of the RCA-Whirlpool Miracle Kitchen. For example, there's a button that turns on a built-in color television set that brings entertainment into your Miracle Kitchen of the future. Other buttons select recipes, request an inventory of food stock, select food from storage, or complete the automatic meal from the Magic Meal Maker."

March 1959. "Home economist Anne Anderson demonstrating appliances and features of RCA-Whirlpool 'Miracle Kitchen of the Future,' a display at the American National Exhibition in Moscow." Kodachrome by Bob Lerner for the Look magazine article "What the Russians Will See." View full size.

 

Beached: 1942

Beached: 1942

July 1942. "U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Rowing crew." The fourth installment of our Manly Midshipmen of Annapolis calendar, photographed by one Lieutenant Whitman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Well-Connected: 1906

Well-Connected: 1906

Montgomery, Alabama, circa 1906. "Commerce Street from Court Square." Whose designer would probably be none too pleased with the telephone poles and wires sprouting from his fountain. Our second look at this bustling hub. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Princess Unplugged: 1950

Princess Unplugged: 1950

New Zealand circa 1950s. "Model with wringer washing machine." I am Woman, see me Wash. Photo by Gordon Burt Studio. View full size.

 

Executive Branch: 1911

Executive Branch: 1911

Circa 1911, our second selection from the panoramic series "Washington from Washington Monument." Landmarks include the State, War & Navy Building at left; the White House and Ellipse; and U.S. Treasury. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Creole Belle: 1938

Creole Belle: 1938

1938. "Petitin's Store, Grand Coteau, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. Building dates to ca. 1834." While this ad-encrusted grocery might strike you as charmingly rustic, the Dr. Pepper sign seems to have so offended the photographer's sensibilities that for the other pictures she took, she draped it with a cloth. 8x10 acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 
 
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