It Came From the (Photo) Morgue: Space Race

In honor of the 2011 One City, One Book selection Packing For Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach, we have found a few fun photos from the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin photo morgue for you to enjoy. Watch for them through November 2011!
Image and caption from the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin Photo Morgue courtesy of the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection, San Francisco Public Library.
LAS VEGAS, April 11, 1959 --
"Miss Space," the girl in this picture, is the real article; the background could be the product of a space artist's nightmare. Twenty-year-old Suzanne Adams, Dallas, Texas, beauty and an engineering aide at Chance Vought Aircraft, will be a special guest at Las Vegas next week during the World Congress of Flight, a gathering of aviation-space officials from 77 different nations. A close observer of astronautic activities, she believes man's conquest of space should be a man-wife proposition -- as it was in the covered wagon conquest of the West. She is unmarried. Anyone for joint space travel?
Head over to the Richmond Branch Library on Monday, October 17 at 6:30 pm, where local author Megan Prelinger will present a vivid slideshow of newly revealed space art from her recent book, Another Science Fiction: Advertising the Space Race. She will explain how rockets and spaceships were imagined before they were real, and how some fantasies of 50 years ago have taken to the sky while others live only in science fiction. Her book is based on the hundreds of lushly illustrated recruitment advertisements that appeared in the rocketry and aeronautics magazines in the 1950s and 60s.

Discussion groups for the One City, One Book 2011 selection, Packing for Mars: the Curious Science of Life in the Void will be held on Wednesday, 10/19, 6:30pm at the Western Addition Branch, and Thursday, 10/20, 2pm at the West Portal Branch.
The San Francisco Public Library owns the photo morgue of the San Francisco News-Call Bulletin, a daily newspaper that covered the time period from the 1920s to 1965. Much of the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection comes from the News-Call Bulletin morgue. However, the morgue also includes national and international subjects that have not been digitized or cataloged.

Looking for a historical photograph of San Francisco? Try our online database first. Not there? Come visit us at the Photo Desk of the San Francisco History Center, located on the sixth floor at the Main Library. The Photo Desk hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.