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The Circus: 1948

The Circus: 1948

1948. "Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus." Color transparency for Look magazine by the future film director Stanley Kubrick, who manages to make this look like an avant-garde Coke ad. View full size.

 

Dreaming Inside the Box: 1927

Dreaming Inside the Box: 1927

Nov. 28, 1927. "Washington man sleeps in a blanketless bed. Milton Fairchild of Washington, D.C., does not need any blankets for keeping him warm these winter nights. He has invented an electrical bed which does not require any covering for the body when asleep. Furthermore, according to Mr. Fairchild, an 'electric blanket' is healthier and one is not so susceptible to colds. The temperature is maintained constant throughout the night by automatic controls." Milton, you are so close. Just a couple more tweaks and you will be sitting pretty, or at least reclining more comfortably. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Bearilyn: 1953

Bearilyn: 1953

Marilyn Monroe and friend in Alberta, Canada, in 1953 for the filming of River of No Return. Photo by John Vachon for Look magazine. View full size.

 

John and Dick: 1962

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John and Dick: 1962

Talk host Johnny Carson and his brother Dick, who directed the "Tonight" show, in New York in 1962. From photos taken for "Johnny Carson: Nighthood's New Prince," an article in the April 23, 1963, issue of Look magazine. View full size.

We Come in Peace: 1936

We Come in Peace: 1936

"NO CAPTION, 1936" is the label for this Harris & Ewing plate. We think it probably has to do with diving, or maybe Roswell. View full size.

 

Frosted Foods: 1952

Frosted Foods: 1952

1952. "Grocery store display of frozen foods." Kodachrome by Charlotte Brooks or Arthur Rothstein for the Look magazine article "How Hot Are the Freezer Food Plans?" View full size.

 

The Electric Birdcage: 1928

The Electric Birdcage: 1928

1928. Washington, D.C. "NO CAPTION" is the label for this Harris & Ewing plate of a lady showing us an obviously superior example of whatever this is. Deep knowledge of the Shorpy catalog tells me this is Texanna Loomis of the Loomis Radio School. The thing is -- what? You tell us, in the comments. View full size.

 
 
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