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Nov. 15, 1955. "Dr. Joyce Brothers holds up her category, boxing, after winning $8,000 on the CBS television program The $64,000 Question. Dr. Brothers will return next week to decide whether to keep the $8,000 or risk it against $16,000." New York World-Telegram and Sun Photo Collection. View full size.
July 1942. "Conservation. Rubber. This truck tire has run 146,000 miles. It is now planned to retread it with a life expectancy of at least half the original mileage. The tire is size 9.75 x 20, weighs 129 pounds and was run at an air pressure of 70 pounds. Miss Jean Spanitz, stenographer in the Division of Motor Transportation, Office of Defense Transportation, poses with the tire." 4x5 inch acetate negative by Albert Freeman for the Office of War Information. View full size.
New York, 1957. "Maya Angelou, full length portrait, dressed for her part in the Caribbean Calypso Festival." New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.
April 1961. "Sunbathing with the latest swimming pool equipment, including a lounge chair with floating beverage holders and game table attachments." From photos by Bob Sandberg for the Look magazine assignment "For Women Only -- Pool Life." Tell your kids about how back in the day people couldn't play cards or smoke in the pool, and all you're likely to get is a blank stare. View full size.