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Sgt. Jiggs: 1925

Sgt. Jiggs: 1925

April 14, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Miss Mae Esterly with Sgt. Jiggs." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Sgt Jiggs has a history of his own as mascot of the Marine Corps.


All props to your mad census skills!

Dorothy Mae Esterly

The 1920 census lists Mae D. Esterly (13 years old) living with her parents (James and Laura) at 1728 First Street. James's occupation is given as bookbinder. The 1910 census lists the family at the same location (helpfully noting that it is First St N.W.), the 4 year old daughter's name is recorded as "Dorothy M." in 1910.

Items from the Washington Post

  • In 1913 she was part of dance group that performed at the Odd Fellow Lodge
  • In 1916 she was a cast member (one of 125!) in an amateur production of "The End of the Rainbow"
  • Graduated from Central High School in 1924
  • Married Gordon Finch Penick in 1935
  • She is listed as survivor (Mae Esterly Penick) in Gordon Penicks' 1944 obit. One surviving child: Gordon Penick, Jr. Home address: 5210 14st NW.


OMG, he's magnificent! I want to reach back through time and squeeze that beautiful bully face.


A Mae Freyberger of Reading, PA was just mentioned as a surviving sister of Charles F. Esterly in his recent obit. He was 85.

Charles Joseph Esterly (1888–1940) was a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania from 1925 to 1927.

Is this the same woman? Was Rep. Esterly her dad?

That dog is smiling!

And you probably would too. We don't see those heavily spiked dog collars and harnesses studded with giant nailheads much anymore. Gives Mr. Jiggs the appearance of being one tough and mean dog, not to be messed with. Also, Miss Mae's fine woolen suit is tailored with workmanship seldom seen today. Only the mud on her high heels mars her immaculate grooming. Too bad the lady isn't named Maggie.

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