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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Smell the Ham: 1937

Smell the Ham: 1937

College Park, Maryland, 1937. "Hams. The finished products. Miss Ruby Bresnahan, coed at the University, is allowed to inhale the aroma from the quickly aged ham held in the hand of Mr. Carroll." Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

Come up and smell my ham

I guess this guy didn't have any etchings to show her.

The Come-On

Let's see, how to I get that cute skinny coed to come over and talk to me? "Hey, Miss, come over here and check out my hams."

Hams

WOW. Best Shorpy title and caption ever? I'll bet they had no idea what people would read into that one years later.

Also, shout out to College Park! I wonder if this was part of the animal husbandry major. There is still an active farm and dairy on campus (they have a cow with a glass stomach! And they make divine ice cream). I graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2005. And somehow I got through without inhaling the aroma of a ham held in anyone's hand - quickly OR slowly aged. A tragedy, I'm sure.

1937 Pickup Line

"Hey baby, wanna come over and smell my ham?"

 
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