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Washington, D.C. "At 7 a.m. on June 21, 1942, the day before stricter gas rationing was enforced, cars were pouring into this gas station on upper Wisconsin Avenue." If they still made cars that looked like this Packard, we'd run right out and buy one. Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.
Oct. 1, 1962. "Americana Hotel, 52nd Street and Seventh Avenue, New York City. Entrance section from left. Loew's Hotels, client. Morris Lapidus, Harle & Liebman, architects." We saw the coffee shop a few weeks ago. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.