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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

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An Old-Fashioned Fourth

An Old-Fashioned Fourth

July 4, 1922. Takoma Park neighborhood of Maryland and the District of Columbia. View full size. National Photo Company. Happy Fourth of July from Shorpy! Is there a Takoma Parker out there who knows where this house is?

 

Whee II

Whee II

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Montessori School." View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company.

 

Beach Policeman: 1922

Beach Policeman: 1922

Today marks the 90th anniversary of Officer Norton putting tape to thigh!

"June 30, 1922. Washington policeman Bill Norton measuring the distance between knee and suit at the Tidal Basin bathing beach after Col. Sherrill, Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds, issued an order that suits not be over six inches above the knee." National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Get Set: 1922

Get Set: 1922

A photo of William Grass on the starting line. National Photo Company, 1922. View full size.

 

Bathing Costume Contest: 1921

Bathing Costume Contest: 1921

June 25, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Bathing Costume Contest." Note Felix/Krazy Kat doll. National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Loaded Legs: 1922

Loaded Legs: 1922

" 'Safety first' is the motto of Miss Mary Jayne of Keith's circuit. Mary Jayne, seated in rocking chair with pistol strapped to her knee, claiming exemption from concealed weapon regulation by saying her thirty-two isn't a concealed weapon in these days of knee-length skirts." National Photo Company Collection, February 14, 1922. View full size. The Keith Circuit was a chain of vaudeville theaters that eventually transitioned to motion pictures.

 

Secret Squirrel: 1922

Secret Squirrel: 1922

January 24, 1922. Washington, D.C. "'Doe,' an albino squirrel." National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 
 
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