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The Birds: 1939

The Birds: 1939

November 24, 1939. Washington, D.C. "Mexican Ambassador a canary fancier. The Mexican Embassy resembles a bird store these days now that Ambassador Senor Dr. Don Francisco Castillo Najera has gone in for the breeding of canaries in a big way. Here we see the Ambassador visiting a few of his feathered friends with his daughter, Ermita." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.


Won't the lovely Ermita be surprised

when she feels the tickle of tiny feet and discovers a Giant Mayan Nosferatu Spider about to bite her throat!

That brooch!

That's a nasty looking brooch she's wearing. Is it a spider or scorpion or am I seeing it wrong?

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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