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Gadgeteers: 1922

Gadgeteers: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. The second of two photos with the caption "William Armstrong Perry." National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

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The candle.

I seen one before, a candle holder on an electric lamp, I guess to change the bulb since the holder it self doesn't appear for the candle to burn long term. The one I saw was too a floor lamp, but it was a thick brass side to side hinge.
What I want to know is what that document in that frame is. If it is a document at all.



Another clue

No visible electrical wall outlets. I see the wall light looks like it has an adapter in it to be able to plug in the table lamp. This seems to support the idea that this may be a porch or sun room and not in the main part of the house. None of this explains the candle looking thingy on top of the table lamp.

A little light reading

Zooming in on the newspaper on the chair: WOMAN PREDICTS RENT---
The arm obscures the rest.


I don't see a lathe. I see a radiator though. I don't think anyone would install a radiator on a porch so it must be an interior room. Instead of a "lathe" I suspect the previous Tipster meant "lattice" as in lattice boards/strips to which plaster would be applied in order to create an interior wall. My first impression was that it was a window on the far right which looked out onto the brickwork on the exterior of the house, but after closer inspection, it could very well be lattice boards.

[What Tipster meant to type, and what you're thinking of, is "lath." Although what we are looking at seems to be bricks. - Dave]


There are some odd transitions going on here. The wall transitions abruptly from paper to plaster behind the desk. The floor lamp sports what appears to be a small candle -- presumably to transition the user to candlelight in the event of a power outage.

I was wondering about the door, too. Its glazing has an interesting "flattened" arch profile. The adjacent opening appears to lead outside, perhaps to a roof, as suggested by what might be dangling weatherstripping and a brick wall beyond.


I love the clothing and hairstyles of the 1920. Plus I'd give my right arm for that beautiful wicker rocker!


Wonder where that door leads? Looking at the lady, the door is rather short. It also seems to be a step up, so one may have to duck to enter. Either that or it is just an optical illusion. Also the wall on the extreme right of the photo appears to be unfinished. You can see the lathe lath and some hanging bits. Perhaps they are on a porch?

A study in contrasts.

An interesting contrast, the 19th century "Gibson girl" mother alongside her stylish and contemporary 20th century daughter.

Oh, are we supposed to also notice the footwear?

It's your Great-Granny's iPod!

Or maybe your iPod's Great-Granny?

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