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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • DIVING FOR SUCCESS, 1929

Ordinary People: 1951

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Ordinary People: 1951

1951. Santa Barbara, Calif. "Actress Lana Turner, daughter Cheryl Crane and husband Henry J. 'Bob' Topping grilling hamburgers at beach." Carefree cookouts -- a family ritual! Photo by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

No Refills: 1939

No Refills: 1939

January 1939. "Vacant drugstore. Mound Bayou, Mississippi." Ballad of the sad pharmacy. Photo by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Strange Fourth: 1955

Strange Fourth: 1955

At first glance this might appear to be a photo of a boy playing with sparklers, accompanied by The Mummy. Actually, it's me with my father, who happened to turn his head during this slow exposure. We're on the Russian River beach at Guernewood Park, California, a couple blocks from our vacation home. Another oddity about this Ektachrome slide by my brother: he was at the height of his camera bug phase, and decided to try developing the film himself, using a Kodak home processing kit, back home in Mother's kitchen sink. I remember the scene, really a mental snapshot of him in the darkened kitchen. This shot, along with others on the roll, exhibit processing anomalies, such as the flurry of red blobs and the aura emanating from the top of my head. The event itself was tons of fun. We semi-successfully shot a rocket over the river, and I remember gleefully watching black snakes curling about on the sand. And the aroma! View full size.

The Happy Camper: 1957

The Happy Camper: 1957

"Kermy -- Nawakwa, 1957." Let the short-sheeting begin! View full size.

The Unknown Trouper: 1924

The Unknown Trouper: 1924

From 1924 comes our patriotic girl with the pearls in a Harris & Ewing plate labeled NO CAPTION. Happy Independence Day from Shorpy! View full size.

 

Kildare, Kont'd: 1962

Kildare, Kont'd: 1962

1962. "Richard Chamberlain at MGM Studios, Los Angeles, filming scene for his TV show, Dr. Kildare." An alternate take from this scene. Photo by Earl Theisen for Look magazine; car by Danny McGroo, Culver City. View full size.

Cat Picnic: 1914

Cat Picnic: 1914

1914. "Kittens in costume at picnic lunch." After we're done eating, stick around for fireworks and the six-legged race! Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 
 
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