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Another in a series of professional 8x10 pictures taken in Atlantic City in August, 1953 for Better Living Magazine, featuring my in-laws. My father-in-law is towards the right in of the line, with my brother-in-law in his arms. My mother-in-law is standing in front of them. My father-in-law was 33 years old at the time. Now he's 93 and still in amazing health. View full size.
New York, 1952. "Martha Raye in rehearsal for her television show, All-Star Revue." The Big Mouth had a decent set of gams as well as gums. Photo by Charlotte Brooks for "Perpetual Commotion" in Look magazine. View full size.
JoeH has identified the mystery man as Washington inventor and television pioneer Charles Francis Jenkins (1867-1934), pictured here with what might be considered an early flat-panel video display, its 48-pixel-square grid composed of small neon lamps.
Washington, D.C., in 1928. "NO CAPTION" is the caption for this one; again we turn to the crowd-source wisdom of the Shorpy masses to inquire: What the heck is it? (Close-up here.) Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.