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Vintage photos of:
Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Miss Anita Pollitzer of South Carolina." Suffragist, photographer, future wife of Pete Seeger's uncle, artistic matchmaker for O'Keeffe and Stieglitz. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.
1953. "Comedienne Martha Raye at her home in Connecticut." In a Buick Super whose grille rivaled her own. Photo by Douglas Jones for the Look magazine article "Martha Raye: At Home, She's Quieter." View full size.
Rochester, New York. "Mr. Babcock tuning in for war news." Howard B. in the latest installment of the Babcock saga; the photos, with a publication date of March 1943, seem to be from September 1942 if the newspaper is indeed new. Photo by Ralph Amdursky for the Office of War Information. View full size.