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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LONDON UNDERGROUND, 1913

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Santa Baby: 1952

Santa Baby: 1952

New York, June 1952. Eartha Kitt, the self-styled "sex kitten" who made "Santa Baby" a staple of the holiday airwaves in a career that spanned half a century, died today at the age of 81. Photo by Gordon Parks, Life archive. View full size.

Happy Days: 1902

Happy Days: 1902

"Happy Days." Gertrude Kasebier's grandson Charles O'Malley in 1902. 8x10 dry-plate glass negative. View full size. You can't get much cuter than this.

 

Cat Nap: 1936

Cat Nap: 1936

April 1936. "Interior of rehabilitation client's cabin. Jackson County, Ohio." A close-up of the little girl's room shown four pictures down. 35mm nitrate negative by Theodor Jung, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Slice of Life: 1912

Slice of Life: 1912

August 1912. Another picture of little Annie Fedele, 22 Horace Street, Somerville, Massachusetts, doing piecework, which usually entailed putting the finishing touches (buttons, or collar and waistband trim) on a mostly completed article of clothing. The garment manufacturers paid a few cents for each piece that was done. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Lock, Stock and Barrel: 1908

Lock, Stock and Barrel: 1908

Moving van at an apartment eviction in New York circa 1908. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Paree the Flying Cat: 1910

Paree the Flying Cat: 1910

In 1910, on the first airplane flight across the English Channel to carry a passenger, American aviator John Moisant flew from Paris to London accompanied by both his mechanic and his cat, named either Mademoiselle Fifi or Paree, depending on which newspaper you believe. Later that year Moisant died in a crash near New Orleans. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Simple Life: 1939

The Simple Life: 1939

August 1939. Three of the four Arnold children outside their farmhouse at Michigan Hill. The oldest boy earned the money to buy his bicycle. Thurston County, western Washington. View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 
 
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