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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Avant-Garden: 1921

Avant-Garden: 1921

July 15, 1921. Our third photo of the treetop table at the Krazy Kat club in Washington. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. (Coming Monday: Details on the Krazy Kat and one of the notables who ran it.)

 

Yowsa!

Totally infatuated with the girl on the left.

Take me to the Krazy Kat

Of all the photos I've seen on Shorpy, these images from the Krazy Kat are my favorites. Beautiful people doing scandalous things in a magical place... I want to go there right now!

Totally Incredible

What an image. Fantastic! Can you imagine someone trying to open a club with a treehouse today?.. Lets see ... hmmmm the insurance bill would be $2 million a year, Greenpeace would picket you, County Legal would arrest you for smoking in a public place, Fire dept would shut you down ( open candle), yada yada ... Would someone please turn on the "Wayback" machine!

That's Awesome!!!

People sure knew how to have a good time back then. Although, I guess you had to keep your imbibing to a minimum if you wanted to make it to the ground in one piece...

That Girl

Me, too!

That Girl

I'm totally hooked on the girl with her feet on the table. WOW!

Celebrity GG

Is that Christian Slater's great-grandfather?

Waiter, there's a leaf in my tea!

Why do these photos always remind me of some song?

Rockabye table, in the treetop
When the wind blows, the table will rock
When the bough breaks, the table will fall
And down will come flappers, table and all

P.S. I love it that you put this one in the "Restaurants and Bars" category. LOL!

What is in a name anyway.

Hmm. I see Mickie Mullin ...

[Between Dewey's comment and this one I blew the table up, below. - Dave]

Treetop Table

One of the tree drinkers carved his or her name into the side of the table. I can't quite make it out, but it looks something like "Nicole Hollis."

 
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