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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Doll Party: 1913

Doll Party: 1913

July 22, 1913. Washington, D.C. "Dorothy's party." At center is Dorothy French, daughter of National Photo Co. proprietor Herbert French. View full size.

 

Little girl lost

I would like the think that they would have preferred to forget the photo so they could play with the little girl on the other side of fence.

High button shoes

My Mom grew up in Brooklyn. She used to tell me she hated the high button shoes they had to wear. Some of these girls are wearing Mary Janes, which look like shoes worn today. None of these girls look too happy but it's a great photo.

Sock Corsages

The little girl with the colorfully dressed doll (the birthday girl, probably) has rosettes at the top front of her socks. I don't think I've ever seen anything like that. VERY cool!

Flappers!

The fashion for big, floppy hair bows for little girls in the 'teens lead to the name those girls would go by as they became young women in the 'twenties - flappers.

Not serious enough

You - You there in the back!

Wipe that "smile" off your face!

Background

There's a neighbor maid's daughter on the other side of the fence.

Did the invitation specify a dress code?

What a sweet group. I bet the solemn faces disappeared when the cake and ice cream arrived!

Left Out

The poor little girl on the other side of the fence looks so forlorn.

 
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