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UPDATE: Shorpy member Ben Roundabloc reveals our inscribed ingenue to be the actress Dorothy Appleby, who featured in the theatrical revue "Puzzles of 1925."
January 1925. Washington, D.C. "Man painting woman's back" is all it says here. Who can help fill in the blanks? Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.
The "bonus" was a benefit, specified by the World War Adjusted Compensation Act of 1924, that WW1 veterans were supposed to redeem no earlier than 1945; their demands for early compensation during the depths of the Depression led to the Bonus Army protests of 1932, in which some 40,000 mostly unemployed veterans gathered from across the United States to demonstrate for cash-payment redemption of their service certificates.
1932. "'Bonus or Bust, Orlando to Washington' -- shanty in encampment built by World War I veterans in the Bonus Expeditionary Force in Washington, D.C." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
Circa 1900. "Nathan Cobb house, a summer cottage, Ormond, Fla." A residence built from materials salvaged from the wrecked schooner Nathan F. Cobb, which capsized and ran aground off Ormond Beach in 1896. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.