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October 1968. From photographs by John Shearer for the Look magazine assignment "Rivers Delivers" -- "Comedienne Joan Rivers performing at clubs and on her television program That Show. Includes Rivers with guests; talking to audience members; with Johnny Carson; having makeup and hair done before performance. Also at home with husband Edgar Rosenberg and baby daughter Melissa; shopping in New York City." Click for Slideshow (17 images).
October 1967. "Michigan Gov. George Romney in urban area." The Republican presidential aspirant during the "ghetto tour" that took him to more than a dozen inner cities following that year's race riots and civil unrest. From photos by James Karales for Look magazine. View full size.
Sept. 17, 1952. "Presidential candidate Dwight Eisenhower speaking to a crowd at a whistle-stop event near a steel mill." Medium format color transparency by Charlotte Brooks for Look magazine. View full size.
President Kennedy on that dark yet sunny day in Dallas 50 years ago, minutes before he was assassinated.
November 22, 1963. "Overview of crowds of people waving as President John F. Kennedy and his wife sit in back of limousine during procession through downtown Dallas, Texas; Texas Governor John Connally and his wife ride in the limousine's jump seats." New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.