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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

.. : 1920

.. : 1920

New York circa 1920. "Dorothy Leary & Dorothy Quinn." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Re: Period humor

Dave and tterrace have set the barre high for the next calembour.

I've had it

I told you I wanted to sit in the chair. Standing Dot appears a little angry.

Double Doh!

At first I thought it was braille. Yes, computer monitor braille.

The Evil Twin

When comparing the two, the standing Dorothy seems to be rougher around the edges. A sterner face, frizzier hair, and wrinklier dress. Where the sitting Dorothy seems sweeter, softer and smoother. And look who got to sit down for the picture.

Dancing Dolls at the Plaza

The photo appears to document the costumes of two socially prominent debutantes who appeared in a charity performance of "Coppelia" held at the Plaza Hotel on January 27, 1920, a benefit for the Orphaned Babies' Home. The amateur performers were all alumnae of Miss Clara Spence's School for Girls on West 48th Street, and the production was staged by the Metropolitan Opera's truly game choreographer, Ottokar Bartik. As usual for this kind of society event, the New York Times lead paragraph described those who attended as a "brilliant assembly," but included a rare and brilliant typo in the lead sentence: "A brilliant assembly witnessed a survival of the ballet Coppelia last night, staged in the large ballroom of the Hotel Plaza."

Oh, Doctor!

I see Dots before my eyes!

Period humor

Sometimes it's hard to get the point.

[Punctuation! - Dave]

Alternate Title

: 1920

Doh!

It's the two Dots. NOW I get it.

You Got Me

OK - that title took me a little while to figure out. Touché.

 
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