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Kodachromes

Off the Deep End: 1961

Off the Deep End: 1961

Somewhere in Baltimore. "Janet diving, 1961." 35mm Kodachrome by Janet and Kermy's parents, from a collection of slides found on eBay. View full size.

The Lady in Red: 1952

The Lady in Red: 1952

September 1952. "Portrait of Broadway entertainer Helen Gallagher in dance pose." Color transparency by Arthur Rothstein for Look magazine. View full size.

This Is Florida: 1955

This Is Florida: 1955

December 1955. "Motel Wigwam Village, Orlando." Featuring Tile Baths and All the Fish. 35mm Kodachrome from the Look magazine assignment "What Is Florida?" View full size.

International Style: 1956

International Style: 1956

June 1956. "Women modeling fall and winter clothing at Lever House, New York." Medium format color transparency from photos by Gleb Derujinsky for the Look magazine assignment "Shape of Things to Come." View full size.

Gloria Vanderbilt: 1924-2019

Gloria Vanderbilt: 1924-2019

        Gloria Vanderbilt, the society heiress who stitched her illustrious family name into designer jeans and built a $100 million fashion empire, crowning her tabloid story of a child-custody fight, of broken marriages and of jet-set romances, died on Monday at her home in Manhattan. She was 95.

January 1955. "Socialite Gloria Vanderbilt in her New York City apartment with Stanislas and Christopher, her sons by conductor husband Leopold Stokowski." Color transparency from photos for the Look magazine assignment "Gloria Vanderbilt Builds a New Life." View full size.

Last Rites: 1968

Last Rites: 1968

June 8, 1968. "Funeral cortege of Robert F. Kennedy." Mourners viewing RFK's funeral train as it made its way from New York to Washington after his assassination. 35mm Kodachrome from photos by Paul Fusco and Thomas Koeniges for Look magazine. View full size.

Gracie Over You: 1955

Gracie Over You: 1955

Los Angeles, 1955. "Comedians George Burns and Gracie Allen." Color trans­parency for the Look magazine assignment "Fall TV Preview." View full size.

Doris Day: 1922-2019

Doris Day: 1922-2019

        Doris Day, the freckle-faced movie actress whose irrepressible personality and golden voice made her America’s top box-office star in the early 1960s, died on Monday at her home in Carmel Valley, California. She was 97.

September 1953. "Singer-actress Doris Day on the set of the film musical Calamity Jane." Color transparency by Milton Greene for Look magazine. View full size | More Doris

Red Men: 1957

Red Men: 1957

October 1957. "Mascots at football game between Colgate 'Red Raiders' and Cornell 'Big Red' university teams." 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

 

The Velvet Fog: 1947

The Velvet Fog: 1947

        Mel Torme (1925-1999) backstage at the Paramount Theater, in a visual approximation of his famous nickname conjured by photographer William Gottlieb and a block of dry ice in the dressing-room sink.

New York circa 1947. "Portrait of singer Mel Torme in dressing room." Medium format negative by Down Beat photographer William Gottlieb. View full size.

 

Camo Class: 1943

Camo Class: 1943

        In this WW2 Kodachrome we have the opening frame of the first-ever Shorpy Filmstrip® -- sort of a coming-attractions trailer for Shorpy 2.0, with larger pictures and type.

March 1943. "Camouflage class in New York University, where men and women are preparing for jobs in the Army or in industry, New York, N.Y. They make models from aerial photographs, re-photograph them, then work out a camouflage scheme and make a final photograph." Medium format Kodachrome transparency by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Lounge Act: 1948

Lounge Act: 1948

New York circa 1948. "Jazz singer at the Onyx Club, 52nd Street." We trust that this canary won't stay unidentified for long. Medium format Kodachrome transparency by Down Beat photographer William Gottlieb. View full size.

 

Dottie Reid: 1947

Dottie Reid: 1947

New York circa 1947. "Jazz singer Dottie Reid walking on 52nd Street." The stretch of pavement last seen here in a nighttime view. Kodachrome transparency by William Gottlieb for Down Beat. View full size.

        PHOENIX, December 3, 2018 -- Big band singer and jazz artist Dorothy "Dottie" Reid died today at the age of 97. Dottie sang with Jimmy Dorsey and Buddy Rich, and went on a world tour with Benny Goodman. Born June 15, 1921, in Arkansas, she lived in New York and moved to Arizona in 2004.

 

Girl Astronaut: 1959

Girl Astronaut: 1959

October 1959. "Pilot and auto test driver Betty Skelton at McDonnell Aircraft Corp., St. Louis. She is undergoing a multitude of physiological tests to assess her fitness to become an astronaut." 35mm Kodachrome by Bob Sandberg for the Look magazine assignment "Girl Astronaut -- Lady wants to orbit." View full size.

 

Swing Street: 1948

Swing Street: 1948

July 1948. 52nd Street in New York. "The Street is at its best at night, when the neons start to bloom. It loses some of its carnival atmosphere when daylight dims its gaudy luster." Kodachrome by William Gottlieb for Collier's magazine. If anyone needs us, we'll be digging Harry the Hipster at the Onyx. View full size.

 
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