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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Stars and Stripes: 1915

Stars and Stripes: 1915

Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "Birth of the American flag." View full size.

 

SCV Flag Tableaux

Ironic that this "patriotic" tableaux might have been staged by the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. If the following article is indeed associated with this photo, the four women pictured are:

  • Mrs. Alfred H. Plant
  • Mrs. George S. Covington
  • Mrs. Maud Howell Smith
  • Mrs. Paul L. Joachim

Washington Post, Feb 19, 1917

Birth of U.S. Flag is to Feature Ball

Sons of Confederates to Present Tableaux at Dance Tonight

"The Birth of the American Flag" will be one of the unique features of the Mardi Gras ball tonight at the Raleigh given by the Washington Camp, No. 305, Sons of the Confederate Veterans. This tableau, because of the wave of patriotism sweeping over the country, will be particularly inspiring and beautiful. Mrs. Alfred H. Plant, Mrs. George S. Covington, Mrs. Maud Howell Smith and Mrs. Paul L. Joachim will take part. While the scene is being staged the orchestra will play "The Star-Spangled Banner."
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Stargazing

My goodness! Looks like those colonial dames had anticipated the constitutional provision for admission of states to the Union -- which wasn't even formed yet. There in the 1770s, and dozens of stars on that flag!

Patriotic Tableau

Amateur tableaux vivants were very popular with club ladies when this photo was taken. The pseudo-18th Century dresses and mobcaps worn by these gallant ladies are pretty good, but in terms of costume their modern shoes are a riot. The two at the ends are Air Sewing. At least they're not wearing snow-white wigs.

Ageless

Betsy looks good considering her age! A grand old flag! Happy Birthday America and George M. Cohan!

 
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