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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Mrs. Ryan: 1921

Mrs. Ryan: 1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Mrs. Ryan, War Risk." An employee of the Bureau of War Risk Insurance. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

MC Hammer

MC Hammer had nothing on Mrs. Ryan. Love the pants. And this picture. There are so many great things in here. I agree that it would make a wonderful album cover.

Patina

I love what happened in this picture in terms of how it's aged. It really created some great textures. Very cool.

Our Next Album

Some up-and-coming band should use this as an album cover, it just says soo much.

Thief!

The man on the right completely steals the attention from Mrs. Ryan. I love that he is looking directly at the camera, obviously conscious that he is in the picture.

[The man holding up the backdrop -- the photographer's assistant -- appears in a number of National Photo pictures. He would of course be cropped out of the published image. - Dave]

War Risk

Looks like she has WR on her middy blouse -- for War Risk. The peekaboo gent at right seems to be assessing the risk from the photographer. Maybe he's Mr. Ryan.

Rockwell

Somebody's Watching Me!

 
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