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Extra Credit: 1910

Extra Credit: 1910

Circa 1910. "Washington School for Boys." Whose curriculum seems to have been rather progressive. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Dress Rehearsal

In 1910, there was a fifteen-year-old schoolboy in Washington D.C. named J. Edgar Hoover. Could this be where his secret life all started?

The Four to the left

are the butler, the chauffeur, the housekeeper, and the upstairs maid.

Madam likes to go for long rides.

RE: Hermanos

Paco escribió:

Aunque tiene las orejas considerablemente más grandes, yo diría que el chico de la primera fila es hermano de la chica sentada a su izquierda...

Usted podría ser correcto.

What's the play?

So we have an automobilist, a gunman, a French maid and two one-armed men, one of whom has very large ears. Anyone care to speculate as to what the play might have been?

Not to mention

the guy with the pistol! I think the butler did it.


Aunque tiene las orejas considerablemente más grandes, yo diría que el chico de la primera fila es hermano de la chica sentada a su izquierda...

That was a close one

Whew. I was all set to rave about the sensual lips on the French Maid when I stopped to read the other comments.


Surely the chap in the front row is a young Alfred E. Neumann.


Between 1956 and 1963 I attended an all-male college in Sydney (one of many such private schools.) Every year we did a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta and throughout my pre-pubescent days, when still a soprano, I was cast as a young woman.

"Pirates of Penzance," "HMS Pinafore" and "The Mikado" are three that I distinctly recall. In a similar fashion, the corresponding all-female colleges had their cast members playing male roles.

These days they are enlightened enough to work together and collaborate in staging such productions, with each sex cast in the appropriate role.

Frida Kahlo jr.

In this photo we see the origins of the Hair Helmet.

Dude looks like a lady.

The thespian seated 2nd from right looks like he's wearing a push up bra.

Mystery Play

It's probably "Murder on the Orientation Express."

You have to make sure

that you read the descriptions very carefully. I was wondering about the "women" in this picture before reading the details. Especially what was wrong with the second lady from the right. There must have been some serious laughter and fun when that costume was created.

Pluck that!

It's right next to the Washington School for Monobrow Girls.


As Bob Dylan wrote, "But you've got to watch her closely 'cause she ain't no woman/She's a man."

Bet they had a lot of fun

My father attended an all-boys Catholic High School in the 1930s. He loved acting and was a member of the dramatic society. His speciality was dotty little old ladies and I've seen pictures from those performances. All the female parts were played by boys - and some of them didn't look too bad!

When I attended an all-girls Catholic High School in the 1970s all the male parts were played by girls - all that long 1970s hair had to be piled up and hidden under hats and much use was made of mustaches!

Everyone had lots of fun - and I'll bet these boys did too!

Brothers in Arms?

The first row center boy and the second row center boy are either both amputees or they each forgot to put their right arm in their jacket's right sleeve.


I hope it's a play. Otherwise we have assume that armed boy on the left has been instructed to shoot uni-brow girl in front of him. Further, we have to assume that boy on the right is a snob with his attire stating, "Yes, I have a car and this is my nurse in front of me in case I have a collision with the horse-drawn ilk."


Wow! Either that fellow seated in the middle has a very small head or he has enormous ears!

Single Sex Theatre

This looks like the cast of a school play to me. It was not unusual at one point in time for single-sex schools to stage plays that required cross-dressing. Keep in mind, for example, that it was not only considered immoral, but was actually illegal for women to appear on stage in Ancient Greece, and in England up until the Restoration. When it was legal, it was still morally questionable. It was far more moral to see a boy in a dress than a woman displaying herself on stage. J.R.R. Tolkien wrote about playing Aunt Agatha in Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest when he was in secondary school. This tradition (coupled with English pantomime performances) was a huge influence on Monty Python. And (just to thread the needle back to the picture), there were (and are) plenty of upscale, private schools in the U.S. that tried to emulate English boarding schools.

Hahaha..cute? very, very careful about who you say is the cutest!!!! I will pass on this one!

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