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Swingers: 1924

Swingers: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Jas. J. Davis children." Daddy was James J. Davis, Secretary of Labor in the Harding, Coolidge and Hoover administrations. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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That kid has the same shoes as Marion Leech!


It's always dangerous to read too much into transitory facial expressions that are captured in fractions of a second, especially with candid shots. Though this one is obviously staged as well as posed to a certain extent, it doesn't look like a "stop and smile for the camera" moment. If I were to guess, I'd say their expressions have a lot to do with the fact that it's probably pretty cold. Look at the way they're dressed and, though there's no snow, the ground has a frozen mud look to it.

Big Brother

And I like seing the protective arms of (presumably) big brother around little sister.


I like the different expressions -- one of determined concentration, one full of suspicion and a little fearful, one completely nonchalant.

Can We Go Home?

Why do I get the feeling that these three children would rather be elsewhere?

Those Hats

look like different varieties of Mushrooms. Lucky Kids!

Housing complex

That's a surprisingly modern looking housing complex in the background. I didn't think the Pruitt-Igoe style became prevalent until the 50's.

[That "housing complex" is the Wardman Park Hotel. - Dave]

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