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High School Mythical: 1917

High School Mythical: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "National School of Fine & Applied Arts." An interesting group of young thespians. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

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Can't help but wonder...

It know it involved centaurs, Pan, and Turkish ladies, but what the heck was this play about?

The Hunt Eternal

Costumes for a Mardi Gras Ball....

Washington Post, Feb 21, 1917

Revel at Hunt Ball

Mardi Gras a Brilliant Close for Capital's Social Season

Washington social season went out in a blaze of glory last evening at the Mardi Gras hunt ball, in the largest ballroom of the Willard. Maids and matrons, belles and beaux disported themselves in fantastic, grotesque and antique costumes from Pan and his band to the most richly bedecked modern Turkish lady.
At 11 o'clock the bugler sounded boldly for the clearing of the venter of the floor for the first pageant, and Pan, in the person of Mr. Milton Bryan, dashed through the hall announcing the coming of the centaurs.

In this group were Miss Dorothy Dent, Miss Margaret Cutler, Miss Louise Rochon, Miss Phillips, nymphs; Miss Muriel Boyd, Miss Leah Range, Mr. F.G. Hammer, Mr. Louis Janof and Mr. Overton Colbert, centaurs. This group was given by the National School of Fine and Applied Arts, the costumes made and dyed there.

I Wonder

Did this inspire Walt Disney in creating the "centaurettes" of "Fantasia" 30 years later?

A first

I believe Pan is wearing a proto do-rag!


Is this an example of a fine or an applied art, or maybe both?

Hooray for Captain Spaulding!

"Animal Crackers."

Fast Forward 100 Years...

If these kids were born 100 later what modern subculture would they belong in? Which one would shop Abercrombie? Which one would shop Hot Topic? Which one would shop thrift stores to make a political statement?

I see the centaur with the shoulder length brunette hair as a Abercrombie girl.

A friend of Ms. Orloff?

I believe the gal on our right share's the recent Ms. Orloff's taste for see-thru clothing.

That's two-thingsism

I have the same wee little wheels on my antique vanity. I hope the centaurs' wheels don't squeak as loudly as those on my vanity.

The Bard

Could they be performing A Midsummer Night's Dream?


Is there something wrong with the two centaurs' eyes? I feel like they are boring into my soul.

[Someone inked in their spooky pupils is why. - Dave]

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