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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Queens of the Rodeo: 1923

Queens of the Rodeo: 1923

May 29, 1923. "Wild West performers." At the Shrine convention in Washington, D.C. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Another Odd Item from Yesteryear

Are those actually folding wooden chairs in the bleachers? Why did they bother doing that when people could just sit in the bleachers?

Nice Composition

Gal on the left has a real nice "hairdo."

re: Whose board there

[Alternatively: "Who's bored?" - Dave]

Aw Dave, that spoils the pun. I was referring to #6 and the plank she was trying not to trip over.

Second from left

Is that Donnie Osmond?

Boots

Notice how cowboy boots still look the same today and clothing styles have changed so much!

Whose board there?

#3 says, "I am."

[Alternatively: "Who's bored?" - Dave]

The ol' Stinkeye

Can you pick the Queen who drew the short straw and has just been told that she has to ride the bull tonight?

RSVP

Number Six: 'Nothing about fancy dress on my invitation...'

 
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