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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Pretty Girls

Radio Days: 1938

Radio Days: 1938

Washington, D.C., circa 1938. "Dancing class, WRC studio." Smile for the microphone, girls. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Miss United States, 1931

Miss United States, 1931

Anne Lee Patterson (Miss Northern Kentucky). She won her title in Galveston, Texas. Actress Dorothy Lamour was her first runner-up. She then went on to take second place in the 1931 Miss Universe pageant and joined the cast of the Ziegfeld Follies 1932 revival of “Showboat”. Scanned from the original Eastman Kodak nitrate negative. View full size.

Figgy and Leggy: 1938

Figgy and Leggy: 1938

April 27, 1938. "California Fig Ball. Made for Harold Thoreson, California State Society." And you thought fig balls were something Grandma made around Christmas. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Teen Dance Party: 1950s

Teen Dance Party: 1950s

Here we see some teens at a dance party. I love the formal attire. Scanned from a Kodak safety negative. View full size.

Cheek to Cheek: 1950s

Cheek to Cheek: 1950s

At the same party, the dancers from this photo continue their fun. Scanned from a Kodak safety negative. View full size.

Girls Gone Wild: 1924

Girls Gone Wild: 1924

May 7, 1924. "Three models from Washington's spring fashion show snapped at Arlington Beach." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

American Beauty: 1940

American Beauty: 1940

July 1940. "Near Shawboro, North Carolina. Group of Florida migrants on their way to Cranberry, New Jersey, to pick potatoes." Medium-format safety negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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