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Jaunty Joe: 1923

Jaunty Joe: 1923

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1923. "Joe Roberts." Out standing in his field. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Fly Me “Joe Roberts”?

A “Joe Roberts” “snapped an aerial photo over Hoover Field / Washington Airport, Arlington, VA that appeared in the Airport Directory Company's 1933 Airports Directory.”

“The earliest depiction which has been located of Hoover Field was on the 1923 Washington-NY Airway Map” a “former equestrian racetrack was purchased (a very small site for an airport), converted to a sod landing field, and a small terminal.”

The field was just across the Potomac from the Capitol.

BTW, I always loved the website where this is referenced so took a chance to look there.

I certainly hope-

That young Joe kept those straight teeth and handsome smile the rest of a long, happy and productive lifetime.

Man Of Many Talents

Perhaps he is a landscaper, pilot, male model and pipe connoisseur.

I bet if he really tried

he could tighten that belt just a little bit more and use that last hole.

Aeroplane husbandry

No doubt he has planted an aileron in hopes of growing a flying machine.

A shovel

And two rakes.

Airfield cleanup

Based on man's flight cap and open aircraft hangar on right edge of photo, our fearless pilot appears to be enjoying some grass field maintenance.

The Grin Raker

He kind of reminds me of the comic book character Smilin' Jack.

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