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A photo of Janice D Stevenson
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A photo of Robert Samuel Foster Ii
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Linnea Eleanor "Bunny" Yeager (March 13, 1929 – May 25, 2014) was an American photographer and pin-up model. Yeager also designed and sewed many of the outfits she and her models wore, at one time boasting that she never wore the same outfit twice while modeling. She designed and produced hundreds of bikinis when the two piece swimsuit was a new fashion item and is credited with it's popularity in America. Bruno Banani, the German fashion company, has developed a line of swimwear based on Yeager's designs from the 1950s. Yeager entered photography to save money by copying her modeling photographs, enrolling in a night school class at a vocational school in 1953. Her career as a professional photographer began when a picture of Maria Stinger, taken for her first school assignment, was sold to Eye magazine for the cover of the March 1954 issue. She became a technically skilled photographer noted for, among other things, her early use of the fill flash technique to lighten dark shadows when shooting in bright sun. Yeager was one of the first photographers to photograph her models outdoors with natural light. Matt Schudel wrote in The Washington Post that her images were vivid and dynamic, going on to say, "She favored active poses and a direct gaze at the camera lens, in what could be interpreted alternately as playful innocence or pure lust." She met Bettie Page in 1954, and took most of the photographs of her that year. During their brief collaboration she took over 1,000 pictures of Page. Along with photographer Irving Klaw, Yeager played a role in helping to make Page famous, particularly with her photos in Playboy magazine. American Photo magazine described Yeager's work with Page as "a body of imagery that remains some of the most memorable — and endearing — erotica on record" in a 1993 article. The most famous images of Page by Yeager include the January 1955 Playboy centerfold in which she kneels wearing only a Santa hat while hanging a silver ornament on a Christmas tree and a series of photographs with a pair of live cheetahs. Yeager was a very prolific and successful pinup photographer in the 1950s and 1960s, so much so, that her work was described as ubiquitous in that era. She continued to work extensively with Playboy shooting eight centerfolds in addition to covers and pictorial spreads. She discovered Lisa Winters the first Playmate of the Year. Yeager also appeared in the magazine as a model five times. One appearance with the headline, "Queen of the Playboy Centerfolds", was photographed by Hugh Hefner. Her work was also published in mainstream magazines including Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Pageant, Redbook and Women's Wear Daily. The famous still images she took of Ursula Andress emerging from the water on the beach in Jamaica for the 1962 James Bond film "Dr. No" are probably her best known bikini photographs. She discovered many notable models. In the 1970s as men's magazines became more anatomically graphic Yeager largely stopped photographing for them, saying they were somewhat "smutty" and that, "They had girls showing more than they should." In 1998 she stated, "The kind of photographs they wanted was something I wasn't prepared to do." Brieba had been invited to the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale 2013 exhibit, "Bunny Yeager: Both Sides of the Camera" but arrived a few hours late as he took photos on the road towards Miami from New York missing his opportunity to meet Bunny Yeager in person, who he considered his favorite photographer for Playboy magazine along with Pompeo Posar (February 21, 1921 – April 5, 2004), and credited them both for inspiring him to photograph models. The exhibit included some of Yeager's first new pictures in twenty years. Yeager had her own studio in the Wynwood Art District of Miami, part of the Center for Visual Communication. Brieba attempted to meet with Bunny Yeager once again four days before but was informed she died on May 25, 2014 of congestive heart failure at age 85 in North Miami, Florida after he departed Miami.
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A photo of Leca Kaye Mellor Bonelli
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A photo of Leca Kaye Mellor Bonelli
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A photo of Leca Kaye Mellor Bonelli
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A photo of Darwin Mellor (1930 - 1982)
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A photo of Lois Barbara Hoerr Olmes (1930 - 1997)
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A photo of Alta Smythe
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A photo of Robert Howard Gentry
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A photo of Gladys Gentry and William Roy Gentry
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A photo of Dorothy Jane Bunim
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A photo of Dorothy Jane Bunim
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A photo of Battery D, 6th Field Artillery U.S. Army, WWI, Harry Christensen standing back row 2nd from the left.U Unknown seating arrangement but name list as follows: 1). Sgt. Joseph Petrush of 204 Hayward Place, Wallington, N.J. 2). Henry Reiner, U.S. Army 3). Harry Christensen Corpl, Buffalo North Dakota (Standing 2nd from the left) 4). John C. Kadron of East Hammond, Indiana 5). Jacob Klein, Corpl, 182 Garrison St. Maspeth, L.I. 6). Joseph Petrovic, Cpl. of 541 Marble Ave, Joliet, Illinois 7). Sgt. Anthony Slovitski of 72 Hudson Ave, Brooklyn, New York 8). Cpl. Lee R. Crim, Shoal, Indiana 9). Martin Scymansky, 32 Randall Ave, Trenton, New Jersey 10). Cpl. Nicholas A. Kiffe of 217 East Main St., Mankato, Minnesota 11). Sam Donofri, U.S. Army
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WWI image of Harry Christensen of Buffalo North Dakota. He is standing on the right. Wounded several times between 1917 and 1918.
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A photo of Walter Karmozyn
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A photo of Jacob M Liscombe (1988 - 2005)
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A photo of Ralph Wynon Croker
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A photo of Walter Karmozyn
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A photo of Edith A Paparo
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A photo of May Elizabeth Beaver (1910 - 1994)
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A photo of Gary Patrick Wood (1983 - 2008)
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A photo of Antone Laxague's 1952 Cadillac
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A photo of William Freame Tittle
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A photo of Joseph D Taranto (1921 - 2006)
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A photo of Harley V. Depew
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A photo of Charles L Wilson (1954 - 2011)
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A photo of Edith M Randle (1930 - 2000)
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A photo of Elizabeth Nourse Goodwin Girard Mohr and Katherine Marks Goodwin Graham
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A photo of Nelson H Scheulen
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