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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Politics

Inaugural Parade: 1917

Inaugural Parade: 1917

March 5, 1917. Washington, D.C. "Woodrow Wilson inaugural parade." Of peripheral interest on Pennsylvania Avenue: the three-act drama Just a Woman at Poli's Theater, and "modern 'Cadillac' automobiles" for rent at $3 an hour at the Willard Hotel. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Listening Tour: 1967

Listening Tour: 1967

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.

Red Scarer: 1953

Red Scarer: 1953

April 1953. Washington, D.C. "Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin." Kodachrome by Frank Bauman for the Look magazine assignment "Joe McCarthy: The Man With the Power." Not to mention what looks like a pepper mill. View full size.

 

Chicken in the Ruff: 1960

Chicken in the Ruff: 1960

        Extra credit assignment: Identify the cars. (The answers: 1960 Ford Starliner on the left; 1960 Studebaker Lark on the right.)

Spring 1960. "Efforts of John F. Kennedy's campaign team, including members of his family, in West Virginia during Kennedy's quest for the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination. Includes brother Bob at a drive-in in Bluefield." From photos by Bob Lerner for the Look magazine article "The Kennedys: A Family Political Machine." 35mm negative. View full size.

 

Ashcan School: 1938

Ashcan School: 1938

Spring 1938. "Cambridge, Massachusetts. Historical marker with trash cans." Medium format negative by Paul Vanderbilt. View full size.

 

The Commercial Vampire: 1898

The Commercial Vampire: 1898

For your Halloween enjoyment we present "The Commercial Vampire," a Leon Barritt cartoon from the July 20, 1898, issue of Vim, a short-lived satirical weekly published in New York. Painting department stores as bloodthirsty predators of small independent businesses, the same argument made today in some quarters against giant retailers like Wal-Mart and Amazon. View full size.

 

I Have a Dream: 1963

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I Have a Dream: 1963

      Fifty years ago today in Washington on the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous address under the gaze of Abraham Lincoln, signer of the Emancipation Proclamation 100 years earlier.

August 28, 1963. "Emancipator looking down on demonstrators. Participants in the March on Washington in front of the Lincoln Memorial and massed along both sides of the Reflecting Pool, viewed from behind Abraham Lincoln statue." Photo by James K. Atherton for United Press International. View full size.

 
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