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Life-Saver: 1922

Life-Saver: 1922

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

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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!


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

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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