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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Merry Christmas: 1921

Merry Christmas: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Salvation Army Christmas group." Happy faces bathed in the flattering glow of the magnesium flash. View full size.

 

Hurry Up!

The woman second from the left isn't snarling, she's telling her pal that the photographer needs to take the picture already.

Photographer thought balloon

"If they start lining up under the mistletoe, I'm getting out of here!"

There was a little girl

Who had a little curl ...

Charming Figures

Embossed on the flowerpot in front of the door. Woohoo!

Alternate Title

Three and a half men.

No fair

The most attractive of the bunch -- and I use that term loosely, are sitting on the floor.

They're glad

that they're done stuffing chicken feet into gift bags for the year.

Don't light a fire !

Looks like the fireplace is just a fake. Just put up Christmas.

Best Foot Forward

The shoes on the left are incredible. I want the white ones with the pointy toes and curved heel. But what is that shaggy pair of things hanging from the ceiling? They seem too ugly to be holiday decorations and to flammable to be light fixtures.

To Die For

I have a number of friends (in the Wardrobe Dept.) who would kill for any of those shoes!

Full of Christmas joy

me thinks not!

Grrrr

The lady on the left has a great snarl going. Bet she was mortified when she saw the picture. Love this photo; fun to look at the clothing and hair styles.

An interesting bunch of folks

But they don't seem to be as well lubricated as the people here.

Frozen in time

So many grimaces and other strange facial expressions caught at just the wrong moment. A fascinating assemblage of women, two children and three men.

 
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