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"Howard M. Gore. February 26, 1924." Mr. G, secretary of agriculture in the Coolidge administration, was later governor of West Virginia. And evidently kind of a geek. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.
"Sidney Lust girl, 1919 or 1920." Our survey of the Washington, D.C., theatrical scene continues with another of cinema owner Sidney Lust's chorus girls. National Photo Company Collection glass negative stereograph. View full size.
No need to call, here you can plainly see that my father has Prince Albert in a can at his store, the De Luxe Groceteria in San Francisco. This is 1934, shortly after he opened for business. View full size.
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