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Three Sisters: 1941

Three Sisters: 1941

May 1941. "Three sisters at Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, D.C." Medium format negative by Martha McMillan Roberts for the FSA. View full size.

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Advanced Audio Technology - AAT

The device marked AAT on the tripod is one of the PA speakers. It has a feedback microphone dangling from the wire.

Pretty girls indeed, but I was surprised to see Natalie Portman playing the little sister in the family.

Good looking girls, but...

I've been pondering, off and on for two days now, the "AAT" box next to them with what looks like a switch (or perhaps a shutter release?) hanging from it. That's a new one on me, after a half-century's experience with weird technology. Any idea what it is?

I dunno...

Elder sister with the pearls looks a bit over-dressed to be sitting on a hay bale, even by 1940 standards.

The Shoes

The shoes yer man is wearing are classic and I love the crepe dress. I bet it was a pale peach or pink and it fits her so well. Of all the sisters, she was the most sartorial.

Right out of Rockwell

Siblings indeed. Looks like the middle two, still delighted by the passing scene, have failed to see that their eldest sister's beau has just done something dumb, much to the delight of the little sister in the background. Dad, of course, is amused by the callow young man who calls on his daughter, and the mother is just happy to rest her feet. Ah, the uncomplicated days.

In total agreement

I couldn't agree more, Vintagetv's. She is indeed "a looker". The young woman to her immediate right bears a very strong resemblance to a young Queen Elizabeth II.

Priceless expression

The girl in the veil looks like she got caught with her hair in curlers, truth is she's quite a looker.

Maybe More

It really looks like an entire contingent of siblings -- right down to the eyebrows, no less!

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