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Auld Lang Syne: 1918

Auld Lang Syne: 1918

Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "Service club -- couples dancing." And a Happy New Year from Shorpy! National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

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I vote this photo become a new annual re-post a la Office Xmas Party 1925. So much to zapruder here over and over...

Happy 'Nother One

Hey, isn't that one of the photos on the wall in 'The Shining'?

Happy New Year!

First things first: wishing a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year to all my fellow Shorpyites out there!

I have learned so, so much about people, automobiles, trains, etc. since I started reading this website; being a native New Yorker, photos of NYC are especially endearing. And my fellow commenters are incredibly intelligent: their in-depth knowledge of arcane subjects is astounding.

BTW: the soldier at about the 5 o'clock position from the man standing by the leftmost window looks (to me) like a young Burt Lancaster.


Aye Eye

A couple of the gentlemen had their eyes closed... and retouched to sort of seem open?

Either way, there's not one face in the entire crowd that isn't "interesting." Usually there's one who'd be considered attractive by today's standards but they're all full of character.

[It's that old Shorpy favorite: flash-powder eye; the lens was open long enough to catch the eyes both open as well as shut when they blinked at the flash. Result: eyeballs superimposed on eyelids. -tterrace]

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