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We'll leave it to our erudite commenters to elaborate on the party taking place in the background, a sort of Beaux-Arts photobomb involving a naked lady and a horse.
Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "H.E.F. in Packard at L.O.C." National Photo proprietor Herbert E. French in an enormous touring car (note the multiple lamps and lanterns) outside the Library of Congress, the eventual repository for his company's vast archive of photographs. 8x6 inch glass negative. View full size.
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.