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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Extra Funk: 1917

Extra Funk: 1917

"Miss Elizabeth Funk, 1917." Continuing our survey of Washington, D.C., professional women named Funk. Not sure exactly what Liz did or where she did it, but she looks like someone who knows her way around a Bunsen burner. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

An Acetone Funk

The flasked and beakered liquid and presence of paper filters wakened olfactory memories to conjure the odor of acetone from labs years past.

Smarts

When I think that this woman in 1917 knew more about things than I know now, I am really impressed by her.

Just for the Halibut

I looked up "funk" in my 1984 dictionary and discovered that in addition to the well-known uses for the word, there was a Casimir Funk born in 1884, died in 1967, who was a Polish (Hooray) biochemist and discoverer of vitamins! This lady or some other Funk may have been married to him, although I do not have the desire to do the research usually done by Stanton Square. Just a little tidbit I'm throwing out there for you to chew on for a while.

Sister To Antoinette?

She has to be a sister to Antoinette Funk a few photos back.

[Funk was Antoinette's married name. So this couldn't be her sister, unless Sis also married a Funk. - Dave]

How wonderful...

Just look at those set-in sleeves, like Grandma used to make when I was little.

 
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