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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • PAN AMERICAN TO GUATEMALA, 1938

Pretty Girls

Holiday Punch: 1954

Holiday Punch: 1954

        "Come into the kitchen and I'll make you a smoothie."

October 1954. "Actress Judy Holliday posed with a large 'vegetable man' designed by Federico Pallavicini." Kodachrome by Milton H. Greene for the Look magazine assignment "Holiday Punch -- Judy Holliday." View full size.

 

Cover Girl: 1941

Cover Girl: 1941

"Summer 1941. Detroit, Michigan. Girls playing cards and drinking Coca-Cola." The game seems to be winding up in this series of photos by Arthur Siegel, with these two having lost their shirts. Or something like that. View full size.

 

September Bride: 1953

September Bride: 1953

Sept. 12, 1953. Newport, Rhode Island. "Kennedy wedding -- Jacqueline Kennedy throwing the bouquet." Gelatin Silver print by Toni Frissell. View full size.

 

Dial M for Marilyn: 1953

Dial M for Marilyn: 1953

1953. "Marilyn Monroe enacting a scene from the motion picture How to Marry a Millionaire." Kodachrome by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Mid-Century Internet: 1943

Mid-Century Internet: 1943

June 1943. Washington, D.C. "Muriel Pare, a switching clerk at the Western Union telegraph office." Old-school texting, shot by Esther Bubley. View full size.

 

American Girl: 1949

American Girl: 1949

1949. "The mid-century look is now the American look. Photographs show people who personify the 'American look.' Nineteen-year-old fashion model Ann Klem is shown at work and at leisure. Includes Klem (seated) with another woman at a photographer's studio." From photos by Stanley Kubrick and Janet Mevi for the Look magazine assignment "American Look." View full size.

 

A Stacked Deck: 1941

A Stacked Deck: 1941

It's getting ... so hot in here. "Summer 1941. Detroit, Michigan. Girls playing cards and drinking Coca-Cola." The next entry in this curious series snapped by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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