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Precocious: 1923

Precocious: 1923

August 31, 1923. "Girls dressed as adults, posing with cigarettes." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Paging the Olsen Twins ...



Wow! I wish I'd seen this image when I wrote a paper about Sally Mann.

"You've come a long way, baby"

They're like a junior version of the Virginia Slims ad. I hope they didn't grow up to be smokers, though.


A great picture like this is all in the details. The pinned up skirt and the freckles on the lefthand girl - the "model pose" and cheeky grin on the righthand girl. Makes me remember being this age!

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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