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Vintage photos of:
Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Edwards boy." Shorpy fans will recognize here our equivalent of Judge Crater, Jimmy Hoffa and Amelia Earhart all rolled into one: An abiding mystery impervious to the curiosity of the multitude. Who was the Edwards boy? We don't know. And what is he doing here? View full size.