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Shortstop: 1924

Shortstop: 1924

April 8, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Julius Daranyi, midget traffic cop." From the Washington Post: "Julius Daranyi, one of the stars with Singer's midgets playing at B.F. Keith's theater this week, will become a member of the District of Columbia police force today and take up his first detail at Fourteenth and G streets, at 12:30 o’clock, where he will direct traffic." National Photo Co. View full size.


Take Your Child to Work Day?

This little fellow might be one of the few who knew what he wanted to be from a young age! Comparing the ears of him and the older officer, it seems possible,that they could be related! Nevertheless, the crowd of passersby seem amused!

A Munchkin?

The Wizard of Oz credits The Singer Midgets as the Munchkins. This chap is possibly one of them if he was still with the troupe 15 years later.

PR Stunt #469,800

I am guessing that Mr. Daranyi did not remain in the position long enough to qualify for a pension ... or even a paycheck.

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