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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

When Cherry Met Chilly: 1922

When Cherry Met Chilly: 1922

        A post for the first day of spring, and the start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Commence sketching and shooting!

April 7, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Photographers shooting cherry blossoms at Tidal Basin." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

If I didn't know any better...

I'd swear I have a print from this same photo session hanging on my wall! I wonder from whose camera it came---all I know is that it was a mass-produced tourist-y piece of kitsch that used to be hand-colored---obviously the sun has taken its toll.

 
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