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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Tied for First: 1923

Tied for First: 1923

July 1923. Washington, D.C. "Miss Catherine Wo----, Wardman Park." Another tantalizingly sketchy caption. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

This has me worried!

Is she getting ready to dive into the shallow end of the pool? I hope she didn't break her neck!

Or maybe Kathryn

Miss Kathryn Woods, a society-page regular who was the daughter of congressman James P. Woods of Virginia. She had a twin, Elizabeth.

Her Full Name

Catherine Whoa!

Definitely not Steatopygia

That is one fine looking young escape artiste.

Great Gams!

This young lady has the best legs on Shorpy. Could it be because she exercises? Maud might want to try it!

Get the Coppertone

Whatever else Miss Catherine may have, she has a tan, something we don't often see on Shorpy ladies of this period.

Retraction

Upon further study of the subject I retract my steatopygiatic comparison and will fall in with the callipygiatic school of thought.

Unfortunate handrail placement

Can she write her name?

WOW!

Nice Gams!

Bound up Beauty

I'm just tongue tied over this Shorpy sensation. Except for her shadow. Which looks strangely like the head of a camel.

Another word from the Shorpy lexicon

I agree with jimmylee42. In fact I'd say this young woman is distinctly callipygian.

Re: Shorpy Word of the Day

In my humble opinion this lovely lady doesn't fit the definition of Steatopygia.

Baby

... got back!

Shorpy Word of the Day

Steatopygia

Handicap

"I can beat you with both hands tied behind my back!! And my feet bound!!

Anyway, maybe this was some sort of training technique -- make you swim just with your body motion, like Aquaman?

 
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