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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

The Unknown Trouper: 1924

The Unknown Trouper: 1924

From 1924 comes our patriotic girl with the pearls in a Harris & Ewing plate labeled NO CAPTION. Happy Independence Day from Shorpy! View full size.

 

No Longer Unknown

After years of lurking, I finally registered on my beloved Shorpy just to make sure this lovely patriot got identified. According to The Washington Post of December 1st, 1924, her name is Helen G. Sweeney, and she was Miss Washington D.C./Miss Treasury Department of that year.

More information (and a second photo from the same shoot) can be found here.

Hubba Hubba

Love the rolled down stockings. She's the bees knees.

Don't we know her all ready?

I'll search the files, but maybe someone knows where else we've seen her. I LOVE seeing more than one old picture of a person because it provides us 5-10 times the information about what they really looked like, and often what their personality was!

An unusual location

This photo seems to have been taken on a roof top. There is a flagpole behind the young lady, with supporting wires to keep it upright. The flag, while blowing in the wind, seems to be hanging at an angle from a rope that is attached further up the pole. Maybe it was being raised or lowered and the young lady just happened to be subathing on the roof and the photographer put them together. What a great photo.

[True, but this was shot by a commercial photo studio, most probably on commission by a client, and not a casual snapshot. -tterrace]

And may I add

Happy 4th July to Shorpy!

Happy 4th of July!

Nicely patriotic to see this lovely young lady being caressed by the good old red, gray and blue.

Above the 49th parallel

And from Canada, your neighbors to the north send the very best wishes on this Fourth of July.

Returns of the Day.

We from Across the Pond join you in your wishes for the Happiest of Birthdays for your great nation, and join in your hopes for many, many more.

You are, indeed, an assemblage of Jolly Good Fellows.

 
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