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Vintage photos of:
Circa 1906. "Y.W.C.A. building, Detroit." Once again the interesting stuff is at the periphery -- note signage at right advertising Cracker Jack and the services of a "bell hanger." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.
1965. "Entertainer Johnny Carson working on the Tonight Show. Includes Carson standing backstage." From photos taken for the Look magazine article "Johnny Carson, the Prince of Chitchat, Is a Loner." View full size.
Looks like Western Day at a school in Phoenix, Arizona with the Bill Williams Mountain Men. On the back is stamped "Earl's Camera Shop, 1616 E. Camelback, Phoenix, Ariz. 85016, 3/13/64." 8x10 from an estate sale in an older neighborhood in Phoenix. Any Shorpyites recognize the record album the girl in the upper left is holding? I can make out Sammy Davis Jr. and Ray Charles. Check out the outfit the boy (4th from left, front row) is wearing. View full size.