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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Frogplay: 1921

Frogplay: 1921

Washington, D.C. "Potomac Bathing Beach, 1921." Shenanigans, high jinks and malicious splashing strictly prohibited! National Photo Co. View full size.

 

One frog needs a king's kiss

What an elegant pose to be caught in for the leaper, legs gone east and west in such ladylike fashion, black boots with a bathing suit and a jester's hat to top it off. Kiss her quick!

Jeepers!

You ain't kidding dpatton.

I formally retract my previous "hubba hubba"

We've seen this duo before

Here http://www.shorpy.com/node/2170.

As I recall, they came in for a bit of the Shorpy commentariat's criticism for failing to meet modern standards of hotness.

Spiky Topper

Hey, you on top! Sonic the Hedgehog wants his hat back!

The frogs thank you.

Hubba hubba.

All I can say is...
http://www.nonstick.com/sounds/Michigan_J_Frog/ltmj_002.mp3

PS First comment after months of just digging through stuff. I absolutely love the site. Thanks Dave.

The Unknown Beachsters

How I wish the photographer would have recorded their names! Because somewhere, these two cutups have grandkids who should have this photo on their walls.

 
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