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Jaws: 1924

Jaws: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Tidal Basin bathing girls." As a hatchling growing up in South Florida, one of my first wildlife safety lessons was: Do not let the bathing-girl put her hand in your mouth. Because you never know where it's been. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


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This one. The perspective is definitely right for that location.

Fooled me for a minute

What would you call this - a statue, a model - or just a fake alligator?

[I'd call it stuffed. -tterrace]

With the Bureau of Printing and Engraving

in the background, this appears to be on or near the location of the present-day Jefferson Memorial.

[The Tidal Basin, as noted in the caption. -Dave]

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