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Louise and Friend: 1922

Louise and Friend: 1922

"Louise and flower-shop monkey" on a Washington, D.C., sidewalk. February 8, 1922. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.


The hat was a clue

The Louise Flower Shop, at Connecticut Avenue and N Street, is the only store in town [Washington] owned and managed by a woman. Miss Louise Daugherty is the proud possessor of this beautiful establishment, located right across the street from the British embassy and on one of the best thoroughfares here.

This is a daylight shop, fronting on three streets, with large window space always utilized to the best extent. Miss Daugherty pays a great deal of attention to her displays and she gets a great deal of good advertising and publicity as a result. Her bird window, with the live creatures flying around, brought large crowds of the elite to the front of her store.

-- The Florists Review, August 4, 1921, pg. 30 (includes a photo of the shop titled "The Proprietor Baptised the Louise Flower Shop with Her First Name.")

This is very likely a delivery boy for the store with a "walking toy" monkey.


Do you ave zee lisense for zat minky!


Whatchu mean it's "definitely a doll"??!! Can't a black man with skinny legs have a monkey?


It's definitely a doll. And look how skinny Louise's legs are! He looks like he is about 14 here.

Everybody's got something to hide

except for me and my monkey

Looks Like A Doll

Doesn't look like any monkey I ever saw...

"Geez Louise"

Where did ya get the monkey?

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