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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Business High: 1905

Business High: 1905

Washington, D.C., ca. 1905. "Business High." Another batch of young folks sit for their portrait at the H&E studio. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

More Pockets

The chap on the front row at the right also has his top pocket on a slant, and even the only chap in the back row whose pocket is visible seems conceivably to have a slight slant to his.

Business High at age one

Business High School opened in 1904 at 8th St and Rhode Island Ave NW. In 1933 its building was occupied by Cardozo High School, for black students. Cardozo relocated in 1950 and the old Business High building was torn down ten years later.

Eudora

Sorry, it happens to be Eudora Welty.

Friends II

Many of the places to which I travel - it's not uncommon for guys who are friends to hold hands as well.

Dad's Suit

The boy in the lower left wearing the plaid double-breasted with the novelty handkerchief pocket must have borrowed the suit from his dad for the photo shoot, a common enough practice in the day. Some folks did make their kids wear clothes that they could grow into, but this boy would have to be Secretary Taft to fit that jacket.

Elly

Far right, first row looks just like a young Eleanor Roosevelt!

I get it now

After seeing so many 1900-1910 photos of women and comparing them with 1920 photos, it finally makes sense now why the '20s were considered such a radical break. The cultural distance (to borrow from Lileks) of the fifteen years between this picture and 1920 is at least as large as that between 1960 and 1975. They look so different because they are so different.

Linked

When I was a kid, most women who walked together linked arms or held hands, it was the way people walked in Europe and other countries from which immigrants came. I'm talking about the thirties and forties and probably before that. Lots of women in other countries still do link arms when walking together. The woman I wonder about is the girl on the front row, extreme right -- where is her right hand?

Biased

The double-breasted in the front row -- what's with the pocket on a slant? I don't believe I've ever seen that before.

Friends

Girls often held hands just because they were friends. Many people all over the world still do. Don't make too much of it.

Hold my hand

The two girls in front -- what's up with that?

Shirtwaists and watch pins

I love those beautiful shirtwaists on the girls - each one different and very flattering (except maybe the one on the plump girl in the front).
I'm old enough to remember old ladies who wore watch pins. Here are those old ladies as girls starting out with the century. And there is one real beauty among them - second row, far left.

 
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