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Vintage photos of:
March 1966. "Actors Adam West and Burt Ward on the set of the movie Batman." From photos by Richard Hewett for Look magazine. View full size.
Wellington, New Zealand. "Woman using a vacuum cleaner in a hallway, photographed early 1930s by Gordon Burt." Sign on the landing: "NOW is the opportunity to be quit of the DRUDGERY of housework." View full size.
October 1957. "The Lemon family of Little Rock, Arkansas -- father Fred, mother Edith, daughters Virginia and Rosemary, and son Gary -- at home; in front of state capitol building; on streets of Little Rock." From photos by John Vachon for the Look magazine assignment "Members of the Mob." View full size.