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Foundling Tots: 1921

Foundling Tots: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Foundling Hospital playroom." Another look at Lieutenant George Pickett III and tots at the Washington Asylum for Foundlings (generally, babies found after being abandoned by their mothers shortly after birth -- think basket on a doorstep with a note attached). Lieut. Pickett was manager of a fund drive that sought to raise $10,000 for the kids. View full size.

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Orphan cut

I spoke with a friend who was reared in a children's home this past Sunday. She was telling me about the home haircuts. What she described is what is pictured. Bowl cuts for most.

Pout away, Little Foundling.

That kid can blow raspberries all day long. I'm greatly impressed with Lt. Pickett and his efforts to help "foundlings," a term simultaneously charming and dreadful.

Sure wish I ran into more men like Pickett these days (instead of the ubiquitous cads and ne'er-do-wells that slither around my hometown)!

Bear with me

And it looks like her friend on the right is eyeing that bear thoughtfully. Grab it darling, it will be worth big bucks in about 80 years!


The kiddo on the floor to the left is not impressed with Lieutenant Pickett.

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