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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

P Street: 1921

P Street: 1921

Nov. 28, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Marion Leech." Daughter of sportsman and tennis impresario Abner Y. Leech Jr., and whose fans evidently could not contain themselves. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Jeepers, Marion.

Where'd ya get those peepers?

Spot On

Dave! One of the best titles yet! It took three visits, but finally, finally, the light bulb went off! Thanks for helping keep the cranium exercised! Ha!

[Welcome to the club. The majority of the commenters below (nine out of 16) are also in on this wee bit of whimsy. - Dave]

How do we know this was on P Street?

Is that P Street in Washington D.C.?

Heeere Doggie!

She looks ready to paddle the piddler.

Marion Leech

Marion was my godmother's sister. Many good Christmas at 11 Primrose.

Abe was one hell of a tennis player...

He was.

Mark Your Territory

The detail in these photos is wonderful.

Want to live a long life?

Maybe the secret to a long life is to put in your will that you want your picture on Shorpy after you're gone. This is the second lady in the past week who had a picture taken in the 20's who lived to be over 100 years old.

Didn't work for Shorpy, however.

I Love

Shorpee!

Marion Leech of Chevy Chase, Md

She died in April at age 102.

Re: Junior Champion

Junior Champeen.

Junior Champion

Washington Post, Nov 17, 1921

Friends school students are now playing a tourney to decide the school tennis champion. The tournament covers junior and senior classes in both boys' and girls' events. Marion Leech, daughter of A.Y. Leech, jr., chairman of the tennis committee of the Columbia Country club, won the girls' junior title, beating Betty Ridsdale, 6-3, 6-2.
...

Tennis whiz

Another critic from the peanut gallery?

"HURRY UP

And take the darn picture. I really must be going!"

Who leaked this photo

to the press?

Marion Leech

I think she was a sorority sister of my wife's grandmother. We used to go to her house on Primrose Lane in Chevy Chase on Christmas Night.

And the sponsor of the tournament ...

Hotel Incontinental.

Marion's ranking?

Obviously No. 1

 
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