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Our Christmas Play: 1923

Our Christmas Play: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Mrs. Shren's dancing class." With a Nutcrackerish-looking holiday production. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

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Harding Hall

Harding Hall, an auditorium in the eighth floor attic of the Government Printing Office, was in use at least into the 1980s. Named in honor of President Warren Harding. First mention of it in the Washington Post was in March 1922; official opening was marked by a reception on Aug. 22, less than a year before Harding's death.

Tempus fugit

I agree with Mitch. It's sad and amazing to think that most of these cute little kids are either very old or not around anymore! Love the pic - my Mom was born in 1918 and would have been about the same age as a lot of these kids! Sigh. Time does fly!

A sad thought

It is sad to think that all these little kids, with their whole lives in front of them, are all older than my departed parents now. I wonder how many of them are still with us? Life goes by in the blink of an eye.

Got a light?

Love to hear the story behind the little girl, front and center, waiting for a light. That would never happen these days. She looks like she wants to say, "What am I doing here with all these schnooks? I can't wait to blow this joint."

A sign of things to come

All these cute little fairy tale characters and then in the middle ... a flapper wearing Mom's dress.

In the moment

For the Sarah Siddons award, I nominate the toy soldier who knew the meaning of staying in character.

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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