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Apple Saucy: 1927

Apple Saucy: 1927

Washington, D.C., or vicinity. 1927. "Girls with apples." Possibly promoting National Apple Week. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.


What really killed vaudeville

Looks like the inception of yet another juggling act.

Which variety?

Any clues on which non-red-delicious heirloom variety these are?

They both have

... appeal.


But seriously folks -- the girl with the dark hair is inspiring me to get my time machine working.

Cupid's bow lips

on the lady with apples on her dress!

Sex and the City

If Charlotte York and Carrie Bradshaw had come along 75 years sooner, this would be them! Had they behaved in the same way back then, though, they would have had babies and venereal diseases.

[What a lovely thought. - Dave]

Eve and Lilith

As irresistible a pair of leggy, apple-wielding temptresses as we have seen recently! And I am reminded that apple polishing is an all but forgotten art.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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