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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.

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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.


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.


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.


Somebody's Watching Me!

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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