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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Cast of Characters: 1923

Cast of Characters: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Mrs. W. Galbraith -- group." About as colorful as you can get in black-and-white. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Just wanna tug

I can't look away from the swashbuckler with that awful faux-stache. If only I could tug on it and yell "ha-ha-ha, en garde scallywag!" But alas, all I can do is dream.

Some one's got to say it...

Avengers assemble!!

Guess who?

Tom Mix as a boy scout, Bat Woman with bent coat hanger and the Cisco Kid.

Meow

Yowza! Cat Woman's debut!

Aftermath

Whenever i see Shorpy pictures like this I wonder who ended up with whom after the party.

La-di-dah

What a fabulous assortment of folks in a brilliant array of getups. The lady second from left is rocking the Annie Hall look 50 years before Diane Keaton got to it. Wish I could go back and spend an evening watching ... well, whatever it is that this gang was engaged in. Looks fun.

Must have been quite a costume party.

Wonder if the picture was taken before or after the bathtub gin really started flowing.

Who is married to whom?

The new game for Shorpieites!

This must have been an interesting costume party to have a formal photo taken.

Sometimes a holster is just a holster

Not sure if this is one of those times

Strategically placed

I had to do a double take at the holster worn by the big Boy Scout on the left. And who is it dressed like a Martian -- Lucy or Ethel?

This isn't what I thought it was.

There's not a whip in sight. Having said that, what if this is what passed for normal back then and all those other photos, the skinny beach people, the waterfront panoramas, those elegant New York buildings surrounded by surreys and men in derbies and ladies ready for the Easter Parade...what if they were the odd ones?

Naw. I didn't think so, either.

The Roosevelt Rough Rider on the left with the Baden-Powell swagger: Whatever he did that night, they took away his gun and all his bullets. This photo, of course, is ripe for bon mots and clever comments, so I'll just step aside.

Mrs G.

October 1914 wedding announcement in the New York Times:

Naval Officer Marries

Lieut. Com. W. W. Galbraith Weds Mrs. Katharine S. Rose.

 
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