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Welcome to Washington: 1925

Welcome to Washington: 1925

October 6, 1925. "West Philadelphia High School girls at the White House." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

West Philly

I live in West Philly. The demographics of the high school sure have changed.

The Girls

It's the clothing, makeup, and lighting that makes them look old. If you look at their faces, imagine them with modern hair and stuff, they look about right.

I completely adore the cheeky sense of humor in this picture. I am guessing they already stopped at the National Zoo.

High School???

I've said it before and I'll say it again, they sure made 'em old back then.

 
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