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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

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Right There: 1957

Right There: 1957

        The teenaged sisters were missing for 25 days before their naked, frozen bodies were found the morning of Jan. 22, 1957, when a passing construction worker spotted what appeared to be two discarded clothing-store mannequins lying next to a guardrail on German Church Road. -- From "True Crime Illinois," by Troy Taylor

"Grimes case -- 1/25/57." Diner employees who say they were among the last to see Patricia and Barbara Grimes, aged 13 and 15, alive. Their murder remains unsolved to this day. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

True Crime: 1957

True Crime: 1957

Chicago. "1/25/57 Grimes case -- Mrs. Minnie Duros." We'll let the Shorpy Detective Squad fill in the blanks. 4x5 acetate negative. View full size.

 

Coffee Shop Cadillac: 1964

Coffee Shop Cadillac: 1964

"St. Clairs Coffee Shop and Mosher Record Store, Boston, night." Neon with a side of tailfin. 35mm negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Polynesia USA: 1965

Polynesia USA: 1965

1965. "Polynesia Pavilion restaurant, New York World's Fair." See you at the Fire Dance! Medium format Ektachrome, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Cafeteria Style: 1949

Cafeteria Style: 1949

July 6, 1949. "Johns-Manville Research Laboratory, Finderne, New Jersey. Cafeteria. Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, architects." Continuing the tour begun here. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Cafe Asbestos: 1949

Cafe Asbestos: 1949

July 6, 1949. "Johns-Manville Research Laboratory, Finderne, N.J. Cafeteria II. Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, architect." Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

Mint Bar: 1941

Mint Bar: 1941

August 1941. "Main Street. Sheridan, Wyoming." An oasis of Western watering holes. Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 
 
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