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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE YANGTZE GORGES, c. 1930

Pretty Girls

In the Pink: 1951

In the Pink: 1951

        Why sunbeams travel 93 million miles in 8 minutes.

1951. Santa Barbara, California. "Lana Turner lounging by the pool at the Coral Casino." Color transparency by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Smart Car: 1924

Smart Car: 1924

Washington, D.C. "Rock Creek Park scenes -- young women in automobile." Vine- covered cottage with a girl-covered coupe. Harris & Ewing photo. View full size.

 

Flotilla: 1961

Flotilla: 1961

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.

 

The Rites of Spring: 1943

The Rites of Spring: 1943

        Step on a crack ...

June 1943. Arlington County, Virginia. "Arlington Farms, war duration residence halls. Sunbathers on the sidewalk in the back of Idaho Hall." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Fifty-Eight an Hour: 1943

Fifty-Eight an Hour: 1943

June 1943. "Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Bernice Stevens of Braddock, Pa., mother of one child, employed in the engine house of the Pennsylvania Railroad, earns 58 cents per hour. She is cleaning a locomotive with a high pressure nozzle. Her husband is in the Army." Photo by Marjory Collins. View full size.

 

Doppelginger: 1952

Doppelginger: 1952

July 1952. "Photographs show models posed leaning shoulders against mirrors, resulting in reflected images. Includes women wearing furs and jewels; various hairstyles." Color transparency by Louis Faurer for the Look magazine assignment "Reflected Beauty: Hair Now Gets Double Exposure." View full size.

 

Bicycle Queen: 1959

Bicycle Queen: 1959

March 20, 1959. "Sixteen-year-old actress Annette Funicello, Bicycle Queen of 1959." New York World-Telegram and Sun Photo Collection. View full size.

 
 
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