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Madama Butterbean: 1910

Madama Butterbean: 1910

The New Zealand-born soprano Frances Alda, who seems to have been something of a horticulturist. 5x7 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection. View full size.


"But you can't make her think"

I believe that's a Dorothy Parker quote. Not George Kaufman.


Around our house the comment would be a calm, simple "Can you match it?".

Ahem...not likely.

A Good Start

Lorena reviews her morning's work.

Captionate this

How about a reprise of the advertising slogan of the day:
"Not a Dope -- Quiets the Nerves"

Predictable title

"Schultz is dead."

You can lead a whore to culture...

...but you can't make her think.
(George S. Kaufman)

[It was Dorothy Parker who said that. - Dave]

I concur!

Bring on the caption contest!

[Alrighty. Let the captionating begin! - Dave]

Is that a zucchini in your pocket or . . .

This one just has to get farked.

Sometimes a zucchini...

... is just a zucchini.

Pick a good one.

Are those butterbeans ? I didn't know what one looked like but I won't forget now.

[I think they're zucchinis. - Dave]

Remember that Funny Caption Contest?

I think this one might get us into NSFW territory...

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