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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DIVING FOR SUCCESS, 1929

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A Dickey Christmas: 1919

A Dickey Christmas: 1919

        The globular tree, the unhinged affect, the undercurrent of barely suppressed rage -- yes, it's our annual holiday missive from the family of Washington lawyer Raymond Dickey, limned with a festive filigree of mold. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.

"Dickey Christmas tree, 1919." National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Office Xmas Party: 1925

Office Xmas Party: 1925

        It's the week before Christmas, which means it's time for a hallowed holiday tradition here at Shorpy: The Office Xmas Party! Which has been going on for close to 90 years now. Will Clarence in Sales ever get up the nerve to ask out Hermione from Accounting?

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Western Electric Co. group." There are enough little dramas playing out here to keep the forensic partyologists busy until Ground Hog Day. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Play Date: 1924

Play Date: 1924

February 21, 1924. Washington, D.C. "McLeod & Robt. M. Clancy." So what's going on here? National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

On the Line: 1920

On the Line: 1920

"Loehler, GWU, 1920." John "Johnny" Loehler, formerly of Tech High, now a Hatchetites gridiron star. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Waste No Food: 1919

Waste No Food: 1919

Washington, D.C., 1919. "Red Cross vocational education, Dietetic, Morse School." Our title comes from the poster on the wall. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Fancy Cakes: 1920

Fancy Cakes: 1920

Circa 1920. "Set pieces, Arlington Hotel." Including a polar pastry snowball iced with "Cook-Peary 1909." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Honored Guest: 1919

Honored Guest: 1919

Washington, D.C. "Thanksgiving 1919." Once this chilly-looking fellow is properly dressed and warmed up in the kitchen, he'll have an honored place at the family table. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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