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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Fast Women: 1924

Fast Women: 1924

New York circa 1924. The Brox sisters again, on the road to success with a detour through the living room. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Come Hither

These women sure knew how to cast a glance.

Bobbe Van Heusen

In 1969 Bobbe married the famous composer Jimmy Van Heusen. Her Find-a-Grave bio.

Big girls in small cars

My father bought my brother an electric car for Christmas.... must have been about 1974 or 75, when I was 19. It was lots of fun riding it to the kitchen to get something from the fridge, accompanied by my brother screaming at me to give it back.

I feel a solidarity with these gals.

Stop ! !

That patent leather braking system seems rather effective.

Just You, Just Me

Better Looking

than those Marx Brothers!

The girls are pretty

... but I really want that little car for my living room!

Bedrock pals

Betty drives Wilma and a friend for an afternoon bite while Barney and Fred are at work.

 
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