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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Meet the Beetles: 1920

Meet the Beetles: 1920

July 1920. Washington, D.C. "Dr. H.B. Bradford." Professor Harry Bradford, "naturalist and animal artist," according to the Washington Post, was also, in 1910, "president of the Antivaccination Society of the District of Columbia." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The bugs

They look like weevils. The one on the left being the lesser of two weevils, of course.

Dapper

Hat!

I might have that plug

Of course I can't tell, but the plug on the ceiling might be the then-common Hubbell tandem (seen at left in my photo), or it could be any of a dozen or more competing styles, such as the decidedly unsafe Cutler Hammer plug at right. In the early 1920s, the standard parallel type was gradually winning the day.

 
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