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Vintage photos of:
Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Acme Card System Co." Another look at this pioneering indexing and filing system, as well as a rare glimpse at the day job of one Miss O. Oyl. Seen here recording an order for magnetic birdseed. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.
The Library of Congress title says this lady is "trying on a ring in Kohn’s, Minneapolis." One hates to question the LOC, but they mislaid a vowel. That's Max A. Kohen. For decades he ran a jewelry store known for its exuberant public relations and easy-credit promises; the newspapers of the teens and 20s always had a picture of laughing M. A. K., face cleaved by his grin. [View full size.]
The customer? Annette Kellerman, the million-dollar mermaid, proponent of the scandalous one-piece bathing suit, and the first woman to attempt to swim the English Channel. She had a sister in Minneapolis. [Annette's bio | Max's bio]
December 1958. My godmother and her family pay us a Christmastime visit and we all pose for this interesting shot. At upper right, my mother, father and brother stand beyond the range of focus behind my godmother; tterrace version 12.4 sits in front of her, and on the left her family: Alfred and his wife, and Milton, who has thoughtfully broken his leg, thereby adding a certain piquancy normally absent from scenes like this. On his cast, under "What are you looking at" is a Christmassy version of the classic Kilroy graffito.
My brother set this shot up, using the relatively new ASA 100 Super Anscochrome film and a 500-watt daylight photoflood bulb. Unfortunately a serious miscalculation resulted in a grossly overexposed slide, and I sweated bullets to get this much image and color from it. View full size.