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The Century Ahead: 1921

The Century Ahead: 1921

1921. The Trevor family's trip through the western United States. From the John B. Trevor collection. More here. View full size.

I thought so too

Oh my god, a floor lamp! That is just too funny...until you notice her expression under the veil.

Times change

I couldn't imagine the response I'd get today if I asked a lady to wear a bag over her head so we could go out for a ride! Although in certain countries the look is still quite fashionable.

You scoff at our Muslim sisters.

Behold! The American motoring burqa. No wonder ankles were scandalous.

Paging Rod Serling

Can someone please explain to me what happened to the middle one's head? Preferably before 10pm CST?

[Like any properly attired female motorist in the days of open touring cars, dusters and goggles, she's wearing a hat covered with netting. - Dave]

Who knows what evil lurks

... in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!

At first glance...

I thought the boys had dressed up a floor lamp. Creepy!

Big Sister Just Knew...

... that one day they would run into a pack of those bees that she'd read about, and then her brothers would be really, really sorry they'd made fun of her!

Don't fall for it!

It's Death's favourite ruse: "look to your left, children", then she swings her scythe and you're gone.

Elephant Mom

I am not an animal! I am a human being! I … am … your mother!

Don't look now, but ...

Welcome to historic Sleepy Hollow. On the shores of Lake Eerie.

Face Off

Sis is creeping me out.

 
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