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Satyricon: 1925

Satyricon: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Y.W.C.A. Circus." Another scene from the Terrifying Party. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Nightmare Fuel!

Yes, this is good old fashioned nightmare fuel. Sweet dreams, kids!

I lived at a YWCA

When I was much younger, I lived at a YWCA residence. We never did cool stuff like this.

Wonder if the dog ate the cat's papier-mache nose, though.

Y.W.C.A. Fun

I paid a couple girls big money for a similar activity just last year.


Ok thats just wrong.

Am I deviant

for finding this strangely erotic?

Dog-Faced Girl

Girls being girls, I bet the put the best looking one in the sad-eyed dog costume. Love the way standing on the cat's back required some arm flapping for balance that's caught or posterity.

No Mice!

Y.W.C.A. Circus Tonight

Animal Parade, Bearded Lady and Clowns to be Features.

All is in readiness for the big Y.W.C.A. circus tonight at the Blue triangle center, Twentieth and B Streets northwest, given by the business women's department. The animal parade will be led by the ringmaster, Miss L.M. Quay. The only animal it is said, which will not appear is a mouse. Mice are excluded by request of the other performers. It is understood that the Masons have kindly given their circus clowns for the evening.

Treble voices will be strained in front of each side show tent, depicting in true barker style, the wonders within. Minder readers, fortune tellers, a human glass eater, a bearded lady and a "real fat lady" will be features. In case of rain the circus will be given the first clear night.

Washington Post, Aug 3, 1921

Shades of the Overlook Hotel

Oh boy. Didn't I see this scene in Kubrick's "The Shining?"

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