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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THERE'S A BETTER WAY, 1929

Good Night, Mrs. Calabash: 1952

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Good Night, Mrs. Calabash: 1952

1952. Jimmy Durante rehearsing for the "Colgate Comedy Hour" or "All-Star Revue." Photos by Maurice Terrell and Earl Theisen for a Look magazine article about the TV producer Sam Fuller, "He Keeps Them Happy." View full size.

Charm City: 1943

Charm City: 1943

April 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland. Elevated trolley." A restaurant, gas station, public transportation and booze all in one handy view. Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Fresh-Squeezed: 1951

Fresh-Squeezed: 1951

Circa 1951. "Swimsuit model in Cadillac convertible filled with oranges." We don't know the where, the who or the why -- but really, why not? Shorpy promises to update this post the instant an actual caption becomes available. View full size.

 

Rails and Rivets: 1943

Rails and Rivets: 1943

January 1943. "Freight operations on the Chicago & North Western R.R. between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa. The train crosses a long steel bridge." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Romney Bunch: 1970

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The Romney Bunch: 1970

1970. "Lenore Romney, wife of former Michigan governor George Romney, campaigning for U.S. Senate throughout Michigan. Includes Romney walking with son Mitt and young supporters in downtown Escanaba." Photos by Douglas R. Gilbert for the Look magazine article "Lenore Fights Alone." View full size.

To the Bat-Phone: 1966

To the Bat-Phone: 1966

A young Burt Ward as Robin on the "Batman" set in 1966. Holy rotary dial! Photo by Richard Hewett for Look magazine. View full size.

The Farmer's Daughter: 1935

The Farmer's Daughter: 1935

September 1935. "Daughter of resettled farmer, father living temporarily at the jail in Irwinville Farms, Georgia, while new homes are being built." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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