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Guys and Dolls: 1925

Guys and Dolls: 1925

December 24, 1925. More of the "Uncle Sam's Follies" cast. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

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Today's Top 5

My Grandmother is in this Photo

My Grandmother is in this photo. She was a member of the Ziegfeld Follies and danced in many feature films in the 20's and 30's.

A Chorus Line

All of the odd-numbered ones look like men! I tend to err on the side of caution with things like that. Especially the ones wearing too much pancake, particularly on the nose.

#s 2,3,4,5,7,8 and 9. I

#s 2,3,4,5,7,8 and 9. I think they are members of the Pony Ballet



Some of them have better legs than me. Sigh...

The one on the far right is so lovely in softness compared to some of those roughies!

Federal Employee Revue

This identical photo appeared in the Dec 28, 1925 Washington Post. The accompanying caption is

An even dozen representative Washington girls rehearsing for the Palm Beach number of "Uncle Sam's Follies" to be given Sunday in the President theater.

The cast was composed of federal workers and the production was produced by the District of Columbia Federation of Federal Employees

Ooh, that face!

B'lieve the fourth from the left is the girl who was making the squinchy face on the block of ice.

"Ooh, it's cold!

"And it's WET!"

Harry Leg?

Looks more like a burn scar....

[You must be thinking of Harry's sister. Below, a close-up - Dave]


What would Shorpy say?

Throwing my hat in the ring...

Okay, my guess is they're all blokes except for the one on the far right and the one six in from the left. But it's difficult to tell!

Spin the Bottle

Oh, ok, I'll take a try...

From the Left:
#3, #7 and #9

How'd I do?


Adam or Eve....

A streetwise friend once told me, "if it's wearing an Adam's apple, it's a crackerjack."

Homeliness Abounds

Oh that's rich. It's like April Fool's all over again. I don't know what is funnier -- the fact that people can't discern or the ones who absolutely insist and get defensive. Good times. Thanks for cheering up my Monday.


By my count...

there are at least three men in this photo...two more I am undecided about...Am I close? Does anyone know for sure how many are men?

Guys & Dolls

Seems like our modern men are still unable to identify a man in drag.

[Which has caused more than a few awkward moments over the years. - Dave]


There are plenty of reasons some of the women might be wearing unfeminine makeup. Remember, they're rehearsing for a full show. Perhaps some of them are portraying (or more likely since it's a "follies" or "revue" type show, representing) male characters. I could easily see the woman third from the left in a powdered wig as George Washington. Or with a white goatee as Uncle Sam.

Be a little less judgmental.


That's some hairy kind of a leg on the 3rd girl from the left.

Happy to be a Modern Man

Gah! The third woman from the left has very hairy legs!

I wonder what will horrify people in the future about the appearance of today's women?

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