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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Whirl Girl: 1921

Whirl Girl: 1921

July 5, 1921. New York. "Betty Williams, Broadway Whirl Girl." A chorus girl in "The Broadway Whirl," a musical comedy revue at the Times Square Theatre. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

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Ye Olden Times

They don't make 'em like they used to. Shame, I miss those women.

Sag Harbor

And that apron looks painfully attached, too.

Whirl girl ?

Ok, I don't know what a whirl girl is, but she does have a wonderful smile.

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