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Either Oar: 1919

Either Oar: 1919

Washington circa 1919. "Bob Marmion." Robert "Bob" Marmion, on the right, and an unidentified partner. With canoe paddles from Walford's Sporting Goods. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Finally, proof positive that had I been born around 1900, I, too, could have had a career as a male model.

The Life Aquatic

The Early Years with Steve Zissou, Senior.

Up the creek!

I cannot get past the idea that these were some sort of French clowns. In pictures of European circuses guys like this were usually listed as French clowns. I think their pants were pure linen and one cannot possibly press the wrinkles out. If these were not clowns, they must have been wearing some sort of "rowing club" uniform. In any case, they make me very uncomfortable.

Press Those Pants

Looks like our heroes have been sleeping in those slacks for a few days.

Waldo's Grandpa?

Those hats rock!

Me too!

(But in more recent times, Mr. P. W. Herman has significantly raised the bar when it comes to snappy attire.) I wonder if these guys are headed off to a Big Adventure, or whether they just got back from one?

Nice Caps

Too bad they couldn't get the belts to match...

I am in awe

Of their outfits. The cigarette is a nice touch, too.

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