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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Twitter: 1921

Twitter: 1921

August 3, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Mrs. Jno. W. Clarke." Shown tweeting. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Intervention

Good thing that old broad is dead. I'd turn her in for hoarding.

Toasty Tweeters - Colorizing Chaos

Most hot-water radiator thermostats would probably be far too imprecise to properly regulate the heat and avoid a 'roast', so maybe that radiator went unused in the winter. Some of the birds look like lovebirds, others perhaps budgies or parakeets; what a challenge for someone intent on 'colorizing' the photograph!

Caption by Lewis Hine

January 15, 1920, Kanawha County, West Virginia: John "Tweety" Bird (left, age 8) and his brother James "Canary" (right, age 6), have been working in the safety division of the local mines, sniffing out lethal fumes, since they dropped out of the local school of music. Pictured with their boss, Mrs. William Pennypincher. An older brother Joe hasn't been seen in quite a while, but Mrs. Pennypincher tells the others not to worry.

Oh, yes, they are

These birds. All dead now.

I Tawt I taw a Puddy tat!

She looks like the prototype for Granny.

Poorly

So is that bird sick? Is she giving it tweetment?

Naturally

She's an aviatrix.

Under the cabinet

lurks Sylvester.

Did Jno?

A Google search reveals that Jno is the abbreviation of the name John. What this accomplishes escapes me as when the obligatory period is included, no space has been saved. Perhaps some ink.

Question for bird fanciers

Come heating season, won't the tier of cages immediately above the radiator be too hot for safety?

Bird Lady

So does Ms. Clarke run a pet shop or is this an early 20th century version of the proverbial cat lady, bird-style?

 
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