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Batman in Michigan: 1966

Batman in Michigan: 1966

In 1966, when the Batman craze was at its height (due to ABC television series), we kids were thrilled to be in the presence of the Caped Crusaders. This photo was shot by my father, Sol Hurvitz, during a family vacation at Sleepy Hollow Resort in South Haven, Michigan. View full size.

KTLA-Bomb: 1952

KTLA-Bomb: 1952

1952. "Journalists standing in front of a KTLA television truck at Camp Mercury Proving Grounds; present to record an atomic bomb detonation in the Nevada desert." Photo by Maurice Terrell for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Fledglings: 1942

Fledglings: 1942

1942. "Final assembly at Vultee's Downey, California, plant of the BT-13A 'Valiant' basic trainer -- a fast, sturdy ship powered by a Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine." Photo by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

General Electric: 1949

General Electric: 1949

August 4, 1949. "General Electric turbine plant, Schenectady, New York." Calling all car-spotters! Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

World Series: 1933

World Series: 1933

Washington, D.C. "World Series of 1933, Nationals-Giants. View of diamond, first game at Griffith Stadium." Which would be Game 3 on October 5. In the team's only win of the Series, Washington shut out New York 4-0, with President Roosevelt in the stands. Nitrate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Ordinary People: 1951

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Ordinary People: 1951

1951. Santa Barbara, Calif. "Actress Lana Turner, daughter Cheryl Crane and husband Henry J. 'Bob' Topping grilling hamburgers at beach." Carefree cookouts -- a family ritual! Photo by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

No Refills: 1939

No Refills: 1939

January 1939. "Vacant drugstore. Mound Bayou, Mississippi." Ballad of the sad pharmacy. Photo by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Strange Fourth: 1955

Strange Fourth: 1955

At first glance this might appear to be a photo of a boy playing with sparklers, accompanied by The Mummy. Actually, it's me with my father, who happened to turn his head during this slow exposure. We're on the Russian River beach at Guernewood, California, a couple blocks from our vacation home. Another oddity about this Ektachrome slide by my brother: he was at the height of his camera bug phase, and decided to try developing the film himself, using a Kodak home processing kit, back home in Mother's kitchen sink. I remember the scene, really a mental snapshot of him in the darkened kitchen. This shot, along with others on the roll, exhibit processing anomalies, such as the flurry of red blobs and the aura emanating from the top of my head. The event itself was tons of fun. We semi-successfully shot a rocket over the river, and I remember gleefully watching black snakes curling about on the sand. And the aroma! View full size.

The Happy Camper: 1957

The Happy Camper: 1957

"Kermy -- Nawakwa, 1957." Let the short-sheeting begin! View full size.

The Unknown Trouper: 1924

The Unknown Trouper: 1924

From 1924 comes our patriotic girl with the pearls in a Harris & Ewing plate labeled NO CAPTION. Happy Independence Day from Shorpy! View full size.

 

Kildare, Kont'd: 1962

Kildare, Kont'd: 1962

1962. "Richard Chamberlain at MGM Studios, Los Angeles, filming scene for his TV show, Dr. Kildare." An alternate take from this scene. Photo by Earl Theisen for Look magazine; car by Danny McGroo, Culver City. View full size.

Cat Picnic: 1914

Cat Picnic: 1914

1914. "Kittens in costume at picnic lunch." After we're done eating, stick around for fireworks and the six-legged race! Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Radio Ward: 1924

Radio Ward: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. GI tunes: "Walter Reed Hospital. Scene in ward where the bed of every soldier is equipped with a set of radio earphones. This is the first hospital in the country to be completely equipped." View full size.

 

Palais Royal: 1920

Palais Royal: 1920

New York circa 1920. "Palais Royal, Broadway." Where, whether you're Prince Albert, Dorothy Dickson or a tube of Sozodont, you can see your name in lights. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Dr. Kildare: 1962

Dr. Kildare: 1962

1962. "Richard Chamberlain at MGM Studios, Los Angeles, filming scene for his TV show, Dr. Kildare." Photo by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

 
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