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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Long May She Flap: 1924

Long May She Flap: 1924

August 21, 1924. "Miss Helen G. Sweeney." Helen represented the District of Columbia as Miss Washington in Atlantic City and, as Miss Treasury Department, led a fashion revue in "Uncle Sam's Follies," a musical put on by federal employees. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Miss Treasury Department (!)

I wonder who the current Miss Treasury Department is? In these troubled economic times, we need her lighthearted, uptempo revues more than ever.

Stars and Stripes and Soot

Lots of coal soot in the air back then.

Helen and the Goose

I found this on the Society for American Baseball Research site, about Helen and Goose Goslin:

A doubleheader was scheduled September 2, 1924, at Griffith Stadium; the first pitch was thrown by Helen G. Sweeney, the reigning Miss Washington, D.C. Between games of the twin bill, she hosted a reception for the players and apparently met Goose for the first time; she and Goslin were considered to be quite an item on the Washington social scene that fall. But Goose remained a bachelor until 1940, when he applied for a license to wed Marian Wallace, a Philadelphia social worker.

Pick up that Flag!

Not very patriotic for letting the flag drag across the ground! I realize that it is a roof but it is the same effect.

What's with that flag?

It looks awful dingy. Compare the stars and bars with the guy's white shirt.

You know what they say...

Good enough for government work.

Hubba hubba

Remember back then that wearing glasses was a sign of weakness and contact lenses were not yet invented.

Scandalous!

At least she has stockings on.

Slim Pickin's

Actually, not slim at all. That's the best they had to crown Miss this and that?

 
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