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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.

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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?

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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