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Two Fine Fillies: 1925

Two Fine Fillies: 1925

April 18, 1925. "Miss Louise Ireland & Miss Helen Marye." Last seen in the previous post on a tricycle with a big bow in her hair, 10 years later Helen has graduated to polo ponies and a bobbed 'do. National Photo Co. View full size.

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Louise Ireland

From Find A Grave:

Birth: Jun. 17, 1905
Bar Harbor
Hancock County
Maine, USA
Death: Apr. 25, 2001
Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA

Quite Contrary?

The internet is a wonderful thing. Without it I never would have known that her mother's name was Mary Marye. I wonder how her garden grew.


I love how rich Shorpy photos are when you view the close-ups. Miss Marye had the most adorable sprinkling of freckles when she was a kid ... and appears to have kept most of them as a young woman. Not really visible till you view the large version. Incidentally, was Marye pronounced "Mare"? Or "Mary"? If the former, how appropriate for an equestrian! (Equestrienne?)

Not like it wasn't obvious but...

Oh how the times have changed. Polo ponies these days have their legs wrapped to the nines! We put "polo wraps" on with "sport boots" over the top. Plus many of them wear the equine equivalent of knee pads! These ponies look comparatively NEKKID!

Red Irony

Given Helen's father's experience in pre-Revolutionary Russia, it seems a bit ironic to see her emblazoned with "Reds."

Nice jodhpurs

No real reason for me to comment, other than the fact that I like the word "jodhpurs." It's almost as good as "smock." And if you're wearing a smock and jodhpurs, well, I don't know.

Two Fine Fillies

And the horses aren't bad looking either.

(Yes, I know, but I have a feeling that someone somewhere must have thought that before I did - like perhaps Dave.)

Society Horsewomen

Washington Post, Dec 30, 1924

The Sportswoman

By Dorothy E. Greene

A women's polo team is being organized by the Washington Riding and Hunt Club. Misses Gratia Houghton, Elizabeth Parker, Louise Ireland, and Helen Marye are the horsewomen most active in the promotion of the proposed team which will have its headquarters at the Riding and Hunt Club.

While polo for women is comparatively a new departure in the East it has been played successfully for some years in both California and England and the present trend indicates that it may be popularized among the younger riders here.

The Washington Riding and Hunt Club was at 2200 P Street NW. Since there appear to be row houses in the background, that could be location of the photo. The hunt club organized drag hunts in neighboring Rock Creek Park.

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