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International Women’s Day in New York, 1975

This International Women’s Day march made front page news in the New York Times in 1975.  “Chilled by brisk March winds, hundreds of women from a coalition of 50 women’s groups marched down Fifth Avenue under sunny skies yesterday in … Continue reading

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Home for the Holidays, 1962

This trio of photos come from collector extraordinaire Lizzie Bramlett.  They document a Christmas celebration on a family farm in 1962, complete with red barns and grandchildren. The flat empty fields in the background give no clue to the location.  … Continue reading

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An Evening in India

Charity balls have always confused me.  If everyone donated the time and money that it takes to plan and participate, wouldn’t that benefit the charity more?  But then we wouldn’t have photographs like the one above. This staged shot was … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving in Milwaukee, 1960

This photo documents a Thanksgiving dinner for 400 put on by the Pioneer Telephone Company in Milwaukee in 1960.  Are the women (and a few men) all telephone workers, or do the guests include needy community members invited for a … Continue reading

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The Caftan and the Older Woman

These days, older women who have a little flesh on their bones are advised to steer clear of roomy dresses like caftans. Wear clothes that skim the body, the critics say, not ones that take up a lot of space. … Continue reading

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The Wedding Party, 1967

Are there two brides in this picture, or one bride and a very well dressed matron of honor? The back of the photo gives no clues, reading only “Gail, Bill, Barbara, Ruth, 6/10/67.” The father doesn’t look happy, but who … Continue reading

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Wrapped in the Flag, Cape Cod 1947

Usually when you hear the phrase “wrapped in the flag,” it is a metaphor for extreme patriotism. This woman took it literally. The great French photographer Henri Cartier Bresson had this to say about his photo: “This woman explained to … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve in Fort Lauderdale, 1969

Wouldn’t it be fun to know this band’s name and the venue where they were playing? The record from Florida Memory doesn’t say, and I turned up nothing online. The two women left and middle are nowhere near fifty, but … Continue reading

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Season’s Greetings from Birdie Parsons, 1944

In my experience, Christmas cards with photos usually depict parents and children, or just the children in the household. This is only the second one I’ve seen showing an older woman alone. I discovered it on the Digital Public Library … Continue reading

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Signing the Equal Pay Act, 1963

Signed into law by President John F. Kennedy on June 10, 1963, the Equal Pay Act legislated that women receive equal pay to men for equal work. Too bad it couldn’t happen with the stroke of a pen. Forty years … Continue reading

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