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Vintage photos of:
New Jersey, 1962. "People riding motorcycles, including members from various state chapters of the Motor Maids." Mom, could you drop me off a block from school? Photo by Bob Sandberg for Look magazine. View full size.
Los Angeles, 1952. Just the facts: "Actor/director Jack Webb on the set of the television show Dragnet." Photo by John Vachon for the Look magazine article "For Dragnet's Jack Webb, Crime Pays Off." View full size.
"Edith & Patricia on sofa - Houston." Another colorful slide from the Linda Kodachromes. Who can guess the year? [UPDATE: It's 1953.] View full size.