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UPDATE: the photo now has a caption.
May 25, 1923. Miss Grace Gloria Ahr, chosen to be the modern emulator of Cleopatra in the "Congress of the Seas" during Shrine Week.
From the other end of the forgotten-Washington spectrum comes this unlabeled Harris & Ewing plate from around 1920. 4x5 glass negative. View full size.