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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Walk Like a Polynesian: 1920

Walk Like a Polynesian: 1920

Lasses in grasses circa 1920s. "Nelson District, New Zealand. Row of young women (music hall dancers?) in costume, standing barefoot in dance pose, wearing headbands, long strings of beads, Hawaiian hula style grass skirts and anklets." Glass negative by Frederick Nelson Jones. View full size.

 

"Hawaiian" hula style grass skirts?

More likely that the ladies are emulating native New Zealand Maori dress.

Fraternity Hi-Jinks?

Not entirely convinced that these are women...

Very Young Pythons???

Might this be a long forgotten Monty Python sketch???? Fourth from the right looks like a very young Eric Idle while third from the left looks like a very young Michael Palin....

Fifth from left

That well-known Kiwi thespian, Beryl Streep.

[She's a gem, all right. -tterrace]

Some Like it Hot.

I think I see Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis.

Pantomime?

I'd say these are all schoolgirls and it's part of an end of year celebration or pantomime (British usage: "A kind of play performed at Christmas time characterized by farce, music, lavish sets, stock roles, and topical jokes." - Collins Dictionary 1987.)

Perhaps down under-

One's wristwatch needn't be worn in the customary place?

It Must Be The Eyes

Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope, yep, nope, nope, nope, nope.

Burritos at bedtime

If I had hoped for pleasant dreams of smiling Polynesian girls in grass skirts, I don't think this was what I had in mind. Gotta watch the late-night snacks.

The Belle Sisters

Miserabelle, Horribelle, Terribelle, and their cousins.

Ankle watch

The third girl from the left appears to be wearing a wristwatch on her ankle and she also looks like she might be a sister to the girl on the extreme right. I've heard "men don't make passes at girls who wear glasses" but what about girls who wear grasses?

 
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