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Loose-Limbed: 1919

Loose-Limbed: 1919

Washington, 1919 or 1920. "Brewer, Taylor, Gram dancing at Wilson Normal." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

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Practice for the Music Man?

These ladies look like they're rehearsing for that famous scene in which Mayor Shinn's wife leads a similar troupe at the park.


I love the "high art" notes of this photo, the poses, the classical bust (Apollo Belvedere?) as they contrast with the mundane aspects that are visible, such as file cabinets, radiator, and curtain cords.


It's interesting that you can totally see their undies through their tunics, down to the lace insertion top of Ms. Brewer's camisole. Ms. Gram seems to be wearing one of the newfangled bandeau brassieres, the hussy.

Miss Jane

The Jane Hathaway School of Dance.


So purty!

Thank you

I'm always sorry I missed the Wild Forest Nymph aesthetic when it was new.

I like the way Ms. Brewer (left) looks acutely self-aware of how this photo will look to people look in 80-90 years' time. She strikes me as someone who was into the movement and physicality of it, but didn't take it too seriously. Ms. Taylor (center) seems to be the artiste of the bunch, and Ms. Gram looks like she's there to meet guys.

Or perhaps I'm projecting again.

Dance fever...

If Isadora Duncan had ever been commissioned to create camouflage for the military, I think it would have looked a lot like this.

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