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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Life-Saver: 1922

Life-Saver: 1922

August 17, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Life-saving device." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Winsome

That smile is. Especially surrounded by so many sourpusses.

Hey guys

I think there's a woman drowning right next to the pretty girl.

The device is so effective...

It's head and shoulders above the rest.

Two Palookas

While most folks will be commenting on Gidget, I wonder what's up with the two palookas she's smiling at. Especially the lower one with the Moe Howard haircut and what looks like a flotation device behind his neck. The other guy seems rather serious. Perhaps they are directing a publicity demonstration to advertise their new product. They picked the right cutie to do it!

Misapplication

Perhaps the device should be used on the kid on the left.

 
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