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A Boy and His Dogs: 1928

A Boy and His Dogs: 1928

August 1928. Washington, D.C., or vicinity. The caption label has come off this Harris & Ewing glass negative -- maybe someone recognizes the boy on the bike, who must have been at least a little newsworthy. View full size.

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Teddy III?

Theodore Roosevelt IV (grandson of the the former president, son of Ted, thus known as III) would have been fourteen years old in August 1928. While it's hard to find photos of him between this appearance as a scrawny 10-year-old boxer, and his WWII service as a flier, this looks plausible.

Forget the Boy

The star of this show is his socks.

Another dad "I told you so" moment

I remember Dad telling me that was what would happen if I continued jumping curbs. Because he knew I wouldn't, he gave me a spoke wrench. I'd have been proud to have a front wheel with that little bit of wobble.

Obscure Award

Surely his name would appear on the BSA's roster of recipients of the Innovative Dog Walking merit badge?


That s-shaped front wheel must have made that bike a handful to steer! Doggies look as if some roadwork would be the height of their day. Someone with better knowledge of breeds may chime in, but their size makes me think of young greyhounds or whippets.


Whoever this young lad is, his ride must be a bit wobbly with that, shall we say, less than straight bicycle wheel. I can remember enduring such things when I was young also. Unless it was broken, you used it.

Bike front wheel

Could use a little straightening for sure!

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