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One of a series of professional 8x10 pictures taken in August 1953 for Better Living Magazine, featuring my in-laws. Here's my brother-in-law at age 5. View full size.
1955. "Opera singer Ezio Pinza and his wife Doris at home cooking a family meal with their children; the family enjoying a candlelit meal in their dining room. Includes the family making pasta." Photos by Kenneth Eide for the Look magazine article "Ezio Pinza's Old-Country Food Goes American." View full size.
Nov. 9, 1938. Washington, D.C. "Two killed in Army plane crash. Two U.S. Army fliers -- Lieut. Col. Leslie MacDill, General Staff Corps Officer, and Private Joseph G. Gloxner, were burned to death today in the worst aerial tragedy in the history of the Capital when their plane crashed in the street in Anacostia, a short distance from Bolling Field. Three automobiles were wrecked in the crash. Col. MacDill was piloting the plane." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
Esther Williams, star of silver screen and swimming pool who died yesterday at age 91, shown filming a scene for the underwater epic "Jupiter's Darling" in 1954. Photo by Earl Theisen and Robert Vose for Look magazine. View full size.
New York, June 6, 1944. ALLIED ARMIES LAND ON COAST OF FRANCE. GREAT INVASION OF CONTINENT BEGINS. "D-Day. Crowd watching the news line on the New York Times building at Times Square." Photo by Howard Hollem or Edward Meyer for the Office of War Information. View full size.