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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

And Your Little Dog, Too: 1915

And Your Little Dog, Too: 1915

1915. "Mrs. H. Morgan Hill, Dog Show." Another photo from the Washington dog show series of pictures. If you crossed William Wegman and Richard Avedon, this might be the stylistic result. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

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The leather braided leash is nice.

Top Dog

I think the rule should be: No hats allowed larger than your dog.

Bogota Model

Mrs. Morgan and her Pomeranian, "Bogota Model," apparently won no ribbons, however this photo did merit publication in the Post. Perhaps it was the hat.

Dogs Bring Triumphs

Proud Owners at Show See Their Ribbon Winners Decorated.

The Washington Kennel Club, on the occasion of the third annual exhibit of fancy bred dogs, entertained a capacity audience yesterday at the show rooms of the old Walker-Hughes market, 1123-1125 Connecticut avenue northwest. Many ladies prominent in social and diplomatic circles were on hand to exhibit their pets. Especially fine was the exhibit of pomeranians, collies, all classes of terriers, bull dogs, Boston bulls, St. Bernards, great Danes, dashunds and spaniels.

[Many following paragraphs listing the winners in various classes: none yet seen on Shorpy]

Washington Post, Apr 13, 1915

Millinery garnitures

I don't understand the hat-bow statement--is it meant to be tongue-in-cheek? This photo is from 1915. Millinery fashion reacts to this wide scale of hat by contracting into the tiny, close-fitting cloches of the 1920s and the small perched skullcaps and wartime hats of the 1930s and 40s. The large bows of the 1950s are part of the overall scale expansion that came along with post-War excess and the New Look silhouette. They didn't "come from" hats of this sort.

[You sure showed her. - Dave]

My Humble Chapeau

Wow, the width of that bow shows us from whence the gargantuan bows of the fifties came.

So cute.

The shamrock on the nose is just too too much!

 
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