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Do Not Disturb: 1917

Do Not Disturb: 1917

Circa 1917. "Gunston Hall group." Somnambulists from the Washington, D.C., girls' school. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Performance Art in 1917

And you thought it was a modern-day concept!

Looking closely

Gotta love the one shoe peeking out.

Ladies in waiting

They were trying out for the part of Mary in a religous play.


This reminds me of a nice Bain photo of the Brox Sisters taken around the same time. Except the Brox sisters look much more chipper.


When will the cocoon hatch?

How could their mothers

let them go off to sleep, perchance to dream, without flat-ironing those creases out first? So gauche.

Never realized

There were nine muses. Another photo that begs for an explanation; sometimes the 1000 words need a nudge!


They are listening to political speeches. All they need are some Z's coming out of their heads. Some sheet manufacturer should use this for a commercial.


Know the feeling. Getting out of bed is one thing. Waking up is a different matter. As an aside, that is the prettiest bunch of girls I've seen on Shorpy. Thank you.

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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