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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • PAN AMERICAN TO GUATEMALA, 1938

Loaded Legs: 1922

Loaded Legs: 1922

" 'Safety first' is the motto of Miss Mary Jayne of Keith's circuit. Mary Jayne, seated in rocking chair with pistol strapped to her knee, claiming exemption from concealed weapon regulation by saying her thirty-two isn't a concealed weapon in these days of knee-length skirts." National Photo Company Collection, February 14, 1922. View full size. The Keith Circuit was a chain of vaudeville theaters that eventually transitioned to motion pictures.

 

RKO theaters

RKO stands for Radio Keith Orpheum.

As in RKO Pictures.

Guns n Gams

Colt "vest pocket" .25 ACP

Pistol manufacture

The pistol pictured is a "Baby" Browning, chambered in .25 ACP, designed by John Moses Browning, and manufactured under license by Colt.

FN also made copies once it went into business with Browning.

This pistol has been copied by nearly everyone in the business at some point.

Betty Boop Lips

I use today a pair of shoes like those but I can't paint my lips with such exactitude.

(Excuse my english)

SO ILL

This picture soon as i seen it I seen the gun.. its like soon as you bust in her room she reminds you with that Colt very fast.this is very fascinating...

love her shoes

Love the shoes, wonderful picture!

Pistol

It should have had the magazine in it for the photo shoot.
I do like the image, very fascinating.

Browning Pistol?

John Browning is the designer of the .32 Colt automatic pistol pictured as well as the .32 ACP round that it fires. Soooo, if you have a .32 compact Browning pistol, it probably is the same or a close derivative of the Browning design that Colt sold

Always Remember

"An armed society is a polite society"

The Lady's Gun

is a Colt Model 1908 Hammerless .25 Pocket Pistol. It is a John Browning design first manufactured by Fabrique Nationale in Belgium. It's not a .32.

Jeffro

Here is another image of her. minus the holster.

loaded legs

pretty girl with looks that kill

The lady's gun ...

... is a Colt.

Browning Pistol?

That pistol looks like a Browning automatic, though Colt made a very similar model. I own one just like this in .25 caliber, though mine is only sixty years old or so. Shoots quite well.

[I'm no firearms expert but I think it's a Colt. See comment above. - Dave]

 
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