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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Missed a Spot: 1920

Missed a Spot: 1920

The Metropolitan Opera baritone Giuseppe De Luca, out and about in New York circa 1920. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Sweet Polly Purebread

I wonder if Underdog will soon appear.

Me too!

I agree with T.U.M.--handsome shoe shine guy! Add HIM to the "Handsome Rakes" section.

If my thought dream could be seen

I wish there were a thought balloon over the shoeshine man's head. I'd wager the word "castrato" would be involved.

Papa needs new shoes

From the looks of the creases across the toes of these shoes, I'd say the shoe shiner would be stymied. All he could do is cover them up but cracks don't go away. Point 2 -- they look more like dancing shoes than walking ones.

And this little piggy

went wee, wee, wee, all the way home.

Shine

Dammit! I told you not to get any shoe polish on my spats. You can forget about a tip and the opera tickets you asked me for.

He can shine my shoes any day

I'm sure Signor De Luca had a golden voice, but ohime! That shoeshine boy is dreamy!

 
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