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Flower Girls: 1927

Flower Girls: 1927

March 21, 1927. Washington, D.C. "Ruth Jardine (at right) and class at Amaryllis show." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

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Could you imagine what a similar class would look like today? So civilized back in the day.


Even such young girls as these had magnificently gorgeous hats!

Amaryllis Opening

Washington Post March 11 1927

Amaryllis Opening Attended by 3,000

Approximately 3,000 people yesterday attended the opening of the fourteenth annual amaryllis show of the Department of Agriculture in the greenhouse at the Fourteenth and B streets northwest.

About 1,100 plants are now in bloom, each plant bearing from one to four flower stems with from two to six flowers on each stem. They are the result of cross-pollination of twelve varieties imported from England in 1909.

Botany classes from colleges and academies will attend the show which will run through next Thursday. Several artists have made requests to be permitted to set up their easels to reproduce the coloring of these plants.

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