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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NAVY NEEDS YOU IN THE WAVES

Who Can't Swim?

Who Can't Swim?

"George H. Corson, 1920" is the caption for this enigmatic and slightly damaged photo of bathers in the Potomac River. National Photo Company. View full size.

 

Thank you

Your witty caption provided the best laugh this old lifeguard has experienced in a while.

OK, that is really a brilliant caption

Slowly making my way through the archive... only three more years to go!

I've resisted posting new comments on old postings that are stale (something ironic about that), but I do have to agree that this one did make me literally laugh out loud. Great one, Dave!

Love it...

This is actually a picture I would buy- but only if it came with the witty title was printed on it as well.

Very funny!

I've enjoyed your site immensely, but never posted a response until today ... BRILLIANT post title! Thanks for sharing and posting all these amazing photos.

What a doozy

For the record, I spelled Dusies the other way since the original term referenced the automobile.

[The slang term is "doozy." Which comes from Duesenberg. Following the literal (and non-standard) spelling strategy would make it "Duesies," not Dusies. - Dave]

LMAO 3

I know you won't post yet another similar comment, but I think this is the funniest title yet, and you've had some doozies. For me, at lunchtime, it was lemonade, not coffee that almost went wrong way.

LMAO x 2!

Dave, you outdid yourself on this title. I also sprayed my morning coffee out of my nose.

[I feel a quiet sense of accomplishment. - Dave]

LMAO!

That is the funniest post title I have ever seen on Shorpy! I about spit out my coffee!

Noted Swimming Authority

Tidal Basin Bathing Beach

George H. Corson, noted swimming authority and instructor, has been engaged to teach beginners and advanced classes.

L. Gordon Leech, Manager
Sidney W. Leech, Asst. Mgr.
Display Ad, Washington Post, Jun 15, 1921

Please, sir

"Please sir, may I have some more ... oxygen?"

 
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