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Words and Music: 1920

Words and Music: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Harry Wardman property, 1340 G Street." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Young Turk: 1910

Young Turk: 1910

St. Louis, May 1910. N. Broadway and De Soto. "Boy with the bag, nicknamed Turk, said he was going to Texas soon. The investigator found him recently with $1.75 he had just won at craps." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Santa Baby: 1952

Santa Baby: 1952

New York, June 1952. Eartha Kitt, the self-styled "sex kitten" who made "Santa Baby" a staple of the holiday airwaves in a career that spanned half a century, died today at the age of 81. Photo by Gordon Parks, Life archive. View full size.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

New York, December 1913. "Christmas tree, Madison Square." 8x10 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection. View full size. Happy holidays from Shorpy!

 

A Boy and His Toys

A Boy and His Toys

I'm sure Santa has been or will be good to this serious little guy, reminiscent though he may be of Augustus Gloop. I can't read the calendar, but the 31st falling on a Friday makes it either 1926 or '37. After researching, I found out that "Boy Scouts to the Rescue" came out in 1921, and the little poem "Am I Ready for School?" was mentioned in a 1924 Louisiana State Health Department bulletin. Any thoughts? [Update: The calendars are from January 1941.] View full size.

Best Christmas Ever: 1922

Best Christmas Ever: 1922

"Dorsey Christmas tree, 1922." Merry Christmas to all from Shorpy! National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Letterbox: 1912

Letterbox: 1912

Washington, D.C. "Post Office Department. Motorcycle postman. 1912." S14 collects the mail. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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