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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Margaret: 1925

Margaret: 1925

Next up in the Shorpy Sunday Night Cavalcade of Enigmatic Portraits Dated Dec. 12, 1925: "Miss Margaret Van Horn." National Photo Company. View full size.

 

"I've written a letter to Daddy"

I know I'm not going to be the only one that makes the Baby Jane comparison with this photo. And I bet she was strictly warned to not get that dress dirty before 6 o'clock.

Collecting Dust

My grandparents (non-smokers themselves) had an ashtray just like that in their living room. I don't think it was ever used - nobody ever, EVER smoked in their home. And the matches in the holder were probably the same in number from the day they were installed to the day the house was cleared out in the early 1970s.

Where the Bauhaus began

After looking at this scene, with tassels on lace and feathers on tassels and curlicues on tassels on feathers on lace, I finally understand the impulse behind the absolute rectangular starkness of the Bauhaus school.

 
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