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The Girl With the Curl: 1922

The Girl With the Curl: 1922

"Washington Tidal Basin Beauty Contest -- August 5, 1922." Prequel to the shot we saw yesterday: Seventeen-year-old Eva Fridell accepts first prize from judge Isaac Gans. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Even in black and white, you can tell she has striking (blue?) eyes. A colorization of this photo would be nice.

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I've been looking at her picture since this one was posted, trying to imagine her as pretty. Thanks to Suburbankid's sharing of the one with her smiling, I now can!

is this better?


Seventeen !

Why she doesn't look a day over 32 !

Went to That Big Tidal Basin in the Sky

From the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, February 6, 1940
"Isaac Gans, Friend of Presidents, Dead in Washington at 80."
Isaac Gans, friend of presidents and a Washington civic leader and philanthropist, died of heart disease yesterday at the age of 80. Funeral services will be held Wednesday with Rabbi Norman Gerstenfeld and Bishop James E. Freeman of the National Cathedral officiating.

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Her excitement and obvious joy are infectious!

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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