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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Blazing Saddles: 1922

Blazing Saddles: 1922

Washington, D.C. "Shrine barbecue, October 21, 1922." A few more passes for medium-rare. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hummmm!

Telegram for Mongo! Telegram for Mongo!

Fire-Jumping Battalion

A couple photos ran in The Post the following day. The soldier is from Troop E, Third Calvary, Fort Myer, the fire-jumping battalion. The location is Noyes' farm at Sligo, MD.

Amazing

Shouldn't this be regarded as rather amazing? My limited experience with horses suggests that running them toward fire goes against every instinct they have. This must be one well-trained mount. Poor thing. It's hard to believe he'd do it more than once, given that his hind feet must have gotten a little warm there. Oh, and, "The sheriff is near!"

 
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