Vintage photos of:
September 1943. "Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Removing a tire from a bus at the Greyhound garage." Office of War Information photo by Esther Bubley, that amanuensis of the motorcoach, whose hundreds of bus images rival Jack Delano's train photos in their breadth and number. View full size.
Somewhere around Los Angeles circa 1958. "Aluminum Group furniture (chairs, ottomans, tables) designed by Charles Eames for Herman Miller Inc." Our third behind-the-scenes look at the glamorous world of furniture modeling. Large format negative from the Office of Charles and Ray Eames. View full size.
March 5, 1917. Washington, D.C. "Woodrow Wilson inaugural parade." Of peripheral interest on Pennsylvania Avenue: the three-act drama Just a Woman at Poli's Theater, and "modern 'Cadillac' automobiles" for rent at $3 an hour at the Willard Hotel. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
From circa 1958, a Kodachrome taken by my mother, who could handle a 35mm camera in a pinch. My parents had friends with a summer place in Seal Beach, California, a coastal community on the border of Orange and Los Angeles counties. In the foreground are my parents' bosom pals who owned or rented the place behind the Ford station wagon. That's me at the bottom of the slide; the boy making his precarious way up is the son of the aforementioned couple. Dad (with the cap) appears to be zoning out, judging by the beer cans by his side. I wonder if any of these beachside homes exist today. View full size.