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Signs of Spring: 1926

Signs of Spring: 1926

April 1926. "Polly Freling" is all it says here. Polly enjoys nature, cherry blossoms and walks along (or in) the Tidal Basin. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

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Sic transit Polly mundi

Polly's clerical employment was with the National Recovery Administration, which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1935. She apparently knew how to throw a party, though, per this Aug. 21, 1935 "Federal Diary" item in the Washington Post.

Polly's Age

According to the ship's manifest, our Polly was born 19 July 1907 in the District of Columbia. She was just shy of her 18th birthday in this photo.

She sailed on a two week cruise aboard The Statendam from New York, New York Via West Indies between 22 February 1938 and 4 March 1938.

Polly is also listed in the 1935 Washington, DC city with Clerk as occupation.

Candidate for colorization

This would be so great in color, though I'm sure it would be very hard.

Frolicking around

on a sunny spring morning, Polly Freling (cute name) seizes the moment of happiness!

Ladylike scene

These genteel women have the cherry blossoms all to themselves, in contrast to nowadays; now there are thousands of people walking around the Tidal Basin at this time of year.

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