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Gonna Fly Now: 1925

Gonna Fly Now: 1925

Continuing the Shorpy Summer Arts Festival: June 30, 1925. "Elsie Robinson, National American Ballet." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.



Ack - unpointed foot, weird hands (and face) - ballet technique has become more demanding of professionals, or the photog caught her at a weird moment. Still pretty though. I like the costume. Yes, I'm a (former) dancer.

Sole Sister

You know, it would take a tougher lady than me to leap about on uncultivated weeds in bare feet. So pretty, but I cringe when I think of all the boot-piercing thorny things I've encountered on camping trips in settings like this and the earlier one in the woods.

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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