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Girls and Dolls: 1923

Girls and Dolls: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Girls with dolls." View full size. National Photo Co.


The Dolls

I was in NYC last week and saw so many young girls with their American Girl dolls in tow. The more things change, the more they stay the same it seems!

Girl A

The girl on the left is very different from the knees down than the other with the snow shite socks. At first I thought maybe they'd been wading or something but that would be just her. Another unknown story.

The Dolls

In some cities in the teens and twenties, municipal park deptartments sponsored children's programs that included things like doll parties. From the adults hovering in the background, I assume this image is of an event like that.

Why so many dolls?

Was this a gathering of neighborhood children? Or a sponsored party for those with dolls?

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