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Lust Babies: 1920

Lust Babies: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Lust baby show." Which is probably not what it sounds like -- a baby contest at Poli's theater organized by cinema impresario Sidney Lust would be our guess. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Seventeenth Street: 1911

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Seventeenth Street: 1911

Circa 1911, our third selection from the panoramic series "Washington from Washington Monument." Landmarks include, from left, Memorial Continental Hall (headquarters of the Daughters of the American Revolution); the Corcoran Gallery of Art; State, War and Navy Building; and White House West Wingtip. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Redoubt Zabriskie: 1864

Redoubt Zabriskie: 1864

1864. "Point of Rocks, Va. (vicinity). Redoubt Zabriskie on Appomattox River." Wet plate negative, Library of Congress Civil War Collection. View full size.

 

Liberty Garter: 1908

Liberty Garter: 1908

January 1908. New York. "Mrs. Finkelstein, 127 Monroe Street. Bessie (age 13), Sophie (age 7). Girls attend school. Making garters for Liberty Garter works, 413 Broadway. Mother, a widow, earns 75 cents a day by working all day until 12 at night. Bessie works until 10 p.m., Sophie until 9. They expected to work until 10 p.m. to finish the job, although they did not know when more work would come in. Witness Mrs. Hosford." Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Spheres of Influence: 1928

Spheres of Influence: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Library for Blind, B Street S.E." Another of those photos where the points of greatest interest are at the periphery -- the Sanitary Barber ("Ladies Hair Bobbing a Specialty") at left, and Hall-Kerr Motors, a Hudson dealer, on the right. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Mixmistress Mutz: 1943

Mixmistress Mutz: 1943

February 1943. Moreno Valley, Colfax County, New Mexico. "George Mutz's youngest daughter helping with the cooking." Not quite the Miracle Kitchen, but it'll do. Photo by John Collier, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Miracle Kitchen: 1959

Miracle Kitchen: 1959

        "The Planning Center -- this is the heart and the brain of the RCA-Whirlpool Miracle Kitchen. For example, there's a button that turns on a built-in color television set that brings entertainment into your Miracle Kitchen of the future. Other buttons select recipes, request an inventory of food stock, select food from storage, or complete the automatic meal from the Magic Meal Maker."

March 1959. "Home economist Anne Anderson demonstrating appliances and features of RCA-Whirlpool 'Miracle Kitchen of the Future,' a display at the American National Exhibition in Moscow." Kodachrome by Bob Lerner for the Look magazine article "What the Russians Will See." View full size.

 
 
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