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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Swan Lake: 1924

Swan Lake: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "National American Ballet." You can't get much avant-garder than this. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Isadora wannabes

I would much appreciate if someone could illuminate me as to why exactly women did this nonsense. Was it a fad of the time? (and are these women actually members of an esteemed ballet corps who STILL did these silly poses and sillier outfits?) All I can think of is those Grecian urn gals in our high school play "Music Man"!

Weirdest scrum ever!

I think I've been watching too much sports when it looks like the woman in the center is holding a rugby ball over her head.

 
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