May 12, 1940: “The new swimming pool quickly proves its popularity among the members,” said the published caption showing the Madison Square Boys Club on East 30th Street in Manhattan. The photo was published by itself in the “Mid-Week Pictorial.” But an article a week earlier introduced the new club, built with a $400,000 donation. “Business leaders, wealthy financiers and other well-placed men apparently have a very soft spot in their hearts for street urchins,” it said. Photo: William C. Eckenberg/The New York Times
In the 1940s, fedoras in the White House were like Tribbles on the Enterprise.
(I think I just decided to ruin recontextualize every photo from livelymorgue from now on.)
April 28, 1948: This photo ran as part of a two-page photo essay about the “Washington scene.” The hats, piled on an eight-foot mahogany table in the lobby of the East Wing of the White House, were deemed “a barometer of presidential activity,” the caption read. “All but the most important visitors leave their gear here. This collection was deposited by a delegation of magazine editors who obtained an appointment with the president.” Photo: George Tames/The New York Times
There is definitely a spaceship in the cafe. The only question that remains is whether it is the Millennium Falcon or the saucer section of the Enterprise.