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Underwater ballet, 1945.  (Walter Sanders—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Underwater ballet, 1945. (Walter Sanders—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The calendar says spring but the window says winter. (Andreas Feininger—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The calendar says spring but the window says winter. (Andreas Feininger—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Marisol Escobar, 1957 Photo by Walter Sanders, Time & Life pictures/Getty Images

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Butch, a baby elephant from India, brings up the rear in a line of elephant circus performers, 1948. (Cornell Capa—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Butch, a baby elephant from India, brings up the rear in a line of elephant circus performers, 1948. (Cornell Capa—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The women who went to work during WWII.  (Margaret Bourke-White—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The women who went to work during WWII. (Margaret Bourke-White—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Here's what a Saks fashion shoot looked like in the 1940s.  (Hart Preston—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Here's what a Saks fashion shoot looked like in the 1940s. (Hart Preston—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

See photos of the pristine Utah desert and the people who lived there in the 1940s, before the highway system brought throngs of tourists. (Loomis Dean—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

See photos of the pristine Utah desert and the people who lived there in the 1940s, before the highway system brought throngs of tourists. (Loomis Dean—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The scene at a Chicago roller derby, 1948.  (George Skadding—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The scene at a Chicago roller derby, 1948. (George Skadding—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

GI shoes, purchased at an army surplus store or handed down from an older brother, were all the rage among high school boys in 1948.  (Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

GI shoes, purchased at an army surplus store or handed down from an older brother, were all the rage among high school boys in 1948. (Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Gene Kelly dances to great heights, 1944.  (Gjon Mili—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Gene Kelly dances to great heights, 1944. (Gjon Mili—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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