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Angry Bird: 1928

Angry Bird: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Shelley, James, Mrs." Whose hat is about to attack the camera. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


Wind in her hair

What happens on an extremely windy day? Does the hat take flight?

Bad fashion

The Audubon Society was formed in 1905 because of concern for wild populations of birds brought to near-extinction by the hat (plume) trade. Mrs. Shelley apparently didn't get the memo.

[Let's just hope those aren't Tweety's kids strung around her neck. - Dave]

What a marvelous portrait

The photographer's very narrow focus with a big f-stop makes that bird look alive and angry you bet!

[Also note how Tweety is cunningly backlit. I wonder what the Harris & Ewing people used for guffaw-suppression. - Dave]

I don't know but I couldn't suppress my guffaw!

Attack Bird

And the lady won't be far behind.

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