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Vintage photos of:
It's cozy and it's creaky,
The roof's a little leaky.
So shabby and so chic we
Flipped it for one point three.
1936. "Peggy Wright House, Louisburg vicinity, Franklin County, North Carolina. Structure dates to 1796." A house whose paint and charm are inversely proportional. 8x10 negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.
In 1955 my father visited San Francisco. This picture shows what the Cliff House looked like at that time. View full size.
April 1968. "Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy in recording studio." Feelin' Groovy! From photos by Douglas Jones for Look magazine. View full size.
Pretty much a taboo sentiment these days in mass-transit hubs. Sequel to the poster seen here.
January 1943. "Chicago, Illinois. Union Station train concourse." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.