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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Daughters of Pocahontas: 1927

Daughters of Pocahontas: 1927

Washington, D.C., circa 1927. "Mrs. Horne -- Waneta Council No. 6, D of P." The Degree of Pocahontas, a.k.a. Daughters of Pocahontas, was the ladies' auxiliary of the Improved Order of Red Men, a Masonic fraternal organization for white people who liked to dress up as Native Americans. View full size.

 

Double Vision

Beautiful twin sisters standing beside the man wearing the native American bow tie and feathered fedora.

Not Masonic

Neither the Improved Order of Redmen nor the Daughters of Pocahontas are affiliated with the Freemasons. They've been entirely separate since their founding.

The long faces

My grandparents, who emigrated from Italy in the 1920s, also seemed to believe that smiling in pictures was bad form. Guess they thought that pictures were serious business. Don't think I've ever seen a picture of them where they were smiling. No "happy snaps" for them.

Blankets

Actually, I feel that the costumes are rather poor quality and would not even bring fair repro prices - However, those three blankets would likely bring a very good price at auction - wish I had them

Such Seriousness!

All of the handmade Native American leather reproduction clothing would fetch a fortune now days. Especially the man to the far, far left, as his costume looks antique original.

Why So Long?

Why so many long faces among those pale faces. Prohibition?

The Little Art Shop

Christmas card catalogue places this scene at 1626 L Street NW

I had no idea...

I never realized that Native American women wore such sensible shoes back in the day! The woman on the right in the white shoes, I'd swear she's sporting the same Reeboks my mom wears.

Nearly Infinite

Downside potential

Calling Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn

This reminds me of the Indian scene in "The Music Man" where the Wa Tan Ye girls perfom in River City!

I found..

Waldo!

That Hat

Q: Why is the guy in the middle wearing that silly looking hat?
A: To keep his wigwam.

Dare I say ...

Ugh?

 
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