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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

My Hands Are Tied: 1922

My Hands Are Tied: 1922

Washington, D.C. "Gus Jordan, August 7, 1922." Yikes! What will happen next? National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

I'd like to know

what, or who, those kids on the right are standing on.

Keep Off?

Yah, right.

Punishment

That's what he gets for wearin' a dress.

Never mind the escape artist.

How did the guy with the megaphone get there without getting wet?

This is what you get

... if you don't KEEP OFF!

Lessons Learned

After that day, swimmers paid much more attention to the "Keep Off" sign painted on the side of the platform.

Feet too?

At first I almost thought the tied hands might be a mistake for two non-connected wrist bands, but it looks like his ankles are tied too! If someone gives him a good shove, he could be a goner.

No one to blame but himself

He should have Kept Off.

What Happens Next?

The first "No Horseplay" sign in history goes up.

What Happens Next?

He dives in, both hands tied together and will, like Houdini, attempt to free himself and unfortunately is never seen again.

Harsh

"Peein' in the pool?! That'll be a drownin' fer sure!"

Prelude

This reminds me of today's lifeguards. If you're a lifeguard today and don't respond instantly you get sued. If you respond and the person suffers any trauma, you get sued. Your hands are tied, no rope needed.

 
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