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Vintage photos of:
Santa Barbara, 1951. "Actress Lana Turner and daughter Cheryl Crane." Who, seven years after this picture was snapped, had a fatal run-in with her mother's gangster boyfriend. Photo by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.
September 1942. "Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Sergeant George Camblair learning how to use a gas mask in a practice smokescreen." Sgt. Camblair in one of his scarier manifestations. (He could have used the mask back when he was peeling onions.) Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.
Phoenix in 1953. "Photographs show teenagers, mostly male, participating in the Maricopa County, Arizona, programs for teenage delinquent drivers. Includes boys working at Juvenile Farm; teens attending Attitude School; policeman with boys and their hot rods; teens driving on Phoenix streets." Photo by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment "How to Tame Teenage Drivers." View full size.