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Garter Girls: 1925

Garter Girls: 1925

February 7, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Mildred Billert and Hazel Bowman of Ned Wayburn's Revue." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

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I know a Mildred who is about 30 and a Hazel who is roughly 6! The old names are making a comeback.

Tabloid Musical Comedians

Washington Post, February 1, 1925.

The biggest tabloid musical comedy ever attempted in vaudeville will top the bill at B.F. Keith's theater with the current week, beginning with the matinee today at 3:15 p.m. Ned Wayburn's "Honeymoon Cruise" is the title of this junior musical comedy presented in six big scenes with a score or more of Ned Wayburn pupils and proteges. The book and lyrics were written by Arthur Swanstrom, and the music by Carey Morgan. The membership of the company, all graduates of Ned Wayburn's famous school of dancing, includes James Clemons, Hazel Bowman, Arthur Swanstrom, Mildred Billert, Helen Dobbin, …

Also not seen much anymore

Girls named Mildred and Hazel are almost as rare as swastika tire treads.

Nice catch rhhardin

The bicycle is a British 1925 Ariel.

Dangerous pose

Even with the kickstand down, I can't believe that was all too stable a position, but it does give the illusion that she's peddling.

[And pedaling. -Dave]

Femme Pédale

Both of the ladies are riding "boy's" bicycles. I guess they just grabbed whatever was available for the shot. The "step through" frame girl's bikes, once de rigueur for proper young ladies, especially before it became acceptable for women to wear trousers.


The swastika tread design isn't seen much anymore.

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