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Vintage photos of:
1957. "Actor James Arness filming on location for the television series Gunsmoke," in the notional Kansas landscape around Dodge City. Photo by Maurice Terrell for the Look magazine article "Jim Arness: Hero of Gunsmoke." View full size.
Yes, the Russians had their Sputnik, but we were first with the interplanetary bounce-house.
March 31, 1959. "The 'Astrotarium,' the world's only planetarium in a big top, makes its first appearance in the New York area at Abraham & Straus (Babylon) during the week of March 30. Admission to the astronomy and space show, sponsored by A&S to promote public interest in science, will be free. The planetarium will be set up in a parking lot adjacent to A&S-Babylon at the Great South Bay Shopping Center." View full size.
1925. "Motion pictures by radio are very near, predicts C. Francis Jenkins, who has designed this small radio-vision receiving set for use in the home. It is only a few inches square and is attached to the regular radio receiving set. A miniature motion picture screen is placed on the wall of your home, as shown in this photo. The first of this machine to be made. The photo was taken in Mr. Jenkins's laboratory at Washington, D.C." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.
Dining With Shorpy, cont'd: "New York, 1954. Singer Jaye P. Morgan performing on the Robert Q. Lewis television show; at a party; eating at a restaurant." A dish of dills, a tub of kraut, and thou. Photos by Phillip Harrington for the Look magazine article "The Private Life of Jaye P. Morgan." View full size.
Another in a series of professional 8x10 pictures taken in Atlantic City in August 1953 for Better Living Magazine, featuring my in-laws. My mother-in-law is at the counter. View full size.