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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • LIBERTY ENLIGHTENING THE WORLD, 1883

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Trouble & Typing: 1924

Trouble & Typing: 1924

Washington, D.C. November 24, 1924. "Bonus Bureau -- Personnel Records Division." Something to do with calculating benefits for World War I veterans. 8x10 inch glass negative. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Just Add Ocean: 1921

Just Add Ocean: 1921

June 25, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Bathing beach costume contest." The ladies last glimpsed here, an array of lesser lights orbiting the transcendently beautiful Iola Swinnerton, second from left with the Krazy Kat doll. View full size.

 

Happy Birthday: 1926 (2017!)

Happy Birthday: 1926 (2017!)

Shorpy Is 10!

        A happy Valentine's Day to all on this, Shorpy.com's 10th birthday. (Where has the time gone?) We'll celebrate with a stroll down Memory Lane, just as soon as that pot of coffee is ready ...

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Cake for Mrs. Orme." Who ordered it for her daughter Violet's birthday. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Loving Cup Lovelies: 1921

Loving Cup Lovelies: 1921

Lansburgh Girls Win Style Prize

Five Models Gain Cup at
Tidal Bathing Beach Costume Show.

        With five models displaying the most modern bathing costumes, Lansburgh & Brother won the prize cup at the first annual style show, held yesterday afternoon at the Tidal bathing beach. The models who represented Lansburgh's -- all local girls -- were Mary Lee, Iola Swinnerton, Thelma Spencer, Hattie Spencer and Julia Cunningham. The suits which they wore were special importations, brought to Washington for exhibition at this show ...

-- Washington Post, 6/26/1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Bathing Beach costume contest." At left we have Iola Swinnerton, First Lady of Shorpy in perpetuum; the others are plebeian ciphers spared total invisibility only by the grace of her luminous beauty. View full size.

 

Mercury Gridmen: 1924

Mercury Gridmen: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Mercury Athletic Club -- Benefit game for 'Fighting' Bill McBride, former sandlot football star and Mercury A.C. player stricken with paralysis." Fighting Bill died on April 17, 1926, at the age of 39. View full size.

 

Bride Zilla: 1924

Bride Zilla: 1924

Dec. 29, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Mr. & Mrs. Philip Mason Sears." Massachusetts politician Sears (1899-1973) married Zilla MacDougall on his 25th birthday. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Scraping By: 1925

Scraping By: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Snow removal -- Ford Motor Co. (Fordson) tractor, Pennsylvania Avenue." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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