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The SS United States leaving port on her maiden voyage. New York Harbor, July 3, 1952. From LIFE.

The SS United States leaving port on her maiden voyage. New York Harbor, July 3, 1952. From LIFE.

Sadie Hawkins Day celebration at Texas Wesleyan University.  From LIFE, 1939.

Sadie Hawkins Day celebration at Texas Wesleyan University.  From LIFE, 1939.

Elizabeth Taylor.  From Modern Screen, 1948. 

Elizabeth Taylor.  From Modern Screen, 1948. 

Marine fighter pilot Ted Williams aboard the USS Haven hospital ship during the last days of the Korean War, March 1953.  By August of the same year he was back in left field at Fenway Park.Photo by Nancy Crosby, US Navy nurse.  More info here.   

Marine fighter pilot Ted Williams aboard the USS Haven hospital ship during the last days of the Korean War, March 1953.  By August of the same year he was back in left field at Fenway Park.

Photo by Nancy Crosby, US Navy nurse.  More info here.   

Alfred Hitchcock and Ingrid Bergman, 1949.

Alfred Hitchcock and Ingrid Bergman, 1949.

Dura-Glass nail polish, 1943.  The busy little Rosie Riveter war worker bee had to have ladylike nails. 

Dura-Glass nail polish, 1943.  The busy little Rosie Riveter war worker bee had to have ladylike nails. 

William Powell and Myrna Loy, 1940. 

William Powell and Myrna Loy, 1940. 

Gene Kelly on the set of THE CROSS OF LORRAINE, with director Tay Garnett and actress Bunny Waters.

Gene Kelly on the set of THE CROSS OF LORRAINE, with director Tay Garnett and actress Bunny Waters.

De Soto, 1940

De Soto, 1940

Paperback illustration by Rudy Nappi, 1951. 

Paperback illustration by Rudy Nappi, 1951.