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Safe: 1924

Safe: 1924

February 25, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Miss Ann O'Connell." Evidently not one to run (or drive) with the fast crowd. National Photo Co. View full size.

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Cautious in Color

I give you my crude and amateurish attempt at colorization. It shouldn't take long to see that I am inept at Photoshop so I cheated with a quick cut & paste.

[Certainly an improvement on her boring gray poster! - Dave]


"Railroad crossing, look out for the cars. Can you spell that without any R's?" Wish I had a nickel for every time I heard it in the '50s.

Off the Cuff

One of those Shorpy moments I regret the monochrome - I would love to see the colours in Miss O'Connell's dress. The Futurist sleeves could have come straight out of the film "Metropolis" and must have been the cutting edge of fashion in 1924.

Original artwork.

This may be a watercolor painted on an illustration board or watercolor board. Note the hand lettered headline. The subhead (Cross Crossings Cautiously) looks to be typeset and could have been pasted onto the artwork. The next step would be to take it to the engraver for printing plates (if this was meant for reproduction)!

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