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Spring Is Here: 1926

Spring Is Here: 1926

May 3, 1926. "Apple blossoms at Winchester, Virginia." Nature's palette bursting forth in a riotous rainbow of grays. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

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Apple Blossom Festival

These young ladies were probably in Winchester for the 1926 Apple Blossom Festival, possibly as contestants in the Miss Apple Blossom contest. The AB queen that year was Miss Priscilla Bridges; the Minister of Crown was Gov. Harry F. Byrd.

The event is still going strong, and this year runs from April 28 -May 7.

Begs for color

The dresses look as as colorful as the blossoms. Only one of these New Women is wearing a hat. Ten years earlier, it would have been a different story.


At least two of those girls are spilling out of their shoes.


Looks like second-from-left's shoes must be KILLIN her!

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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