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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN, 1938

Pretty Girls

Billie Burke: 1908

Billie Burke: 1908

Washington, D.C., circa 1908. "Burke, Billie, Miss." The stage actress and D.C. native Billie Burke, last seen here a week ago. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

Billie Burke: 1918

Billie Burke: 1918

Washington, D.C., native Billie Burke in her hometown circa 1918. Some 20 years later she would attain pop-culture immortality as Glinda the Good Witch in "The Wizard of Oz." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Cherry Blossom Queen: 1939

Cherry Blossom Queen: 1939

March 31, 1939. Washington, D.C. "Senate Majority Leader crowns Cherry Blossom Queen. Climaxing the annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival in Potomac Park today, Senate Majority Leader Alben W. Barkley placed the crown on the head of Peggy Townsend, Cherry Blossom Queen. Thousands of visitors view the beautiful blossoms every year." Harris & Ewing photo. View full size.

 

Skin in the Game: 1942

Skin in the Game: 1942

July 1942. Washington, D.C. "Sunday swimmers at the municipal pool." These girls are all about the comics. So where's Superman? Medium format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Guitar Lesson: 1910

The Guitar Lesson: 1910

New York, 1910. "Elvira de Hildalgo." Our winsome Spanish soprano reprises her previous appearance, this time with instrumental accompaniment. Among her vocal pupils in later years was Maria Callas. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Elvira: 1910

Elvira: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Elvira de Hidalgo." The young (b. 1891) Spanish soprano around the time of her appearance with the Metropolitan Opera as Rosina in "The Barber of Seville." 8x10 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Dairy Queen: 1942

Dairy Queen: 1942

August 1942. "Interlochen, Michigan. National music camp where 300 or more young musicians study symphonic music for eight weeks each summer. A student eating an ice cream cone." Photo by Arthur Siegel. View full size.

 
 
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