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Pie Boys: 1923

Pie Boys: 1923

August 2, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Pie eating contest, Jefferson School." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


Roaring Twenties

The 20's were known as the Roaring Twenties and the Jazz Age, the economy was good until 1929 then it turned bleak.


It's nice to see pictures of kids actually having fun and smiling in those bleak years. I wonder what flavor those pies were?

[The 1920s were "bleak"? - Dave]

They're hilarious!

They're hilarious!

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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