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Our Little Pony: 1938

Our Little Pony: 1938

Washington, D.C., circa 1938. "Native American boys with bicycle." The original caption for this photo, which has been lost, probably did not use the phrase "Native American." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

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Basic observation

Those outfits wold be worth a freakin' fortune today. Bicycle might bring pretty good money, too.

The silence is deafening.

Has the ogre of political correctness become so fearsome that nobody is game to make even the most basic observation or comment?

How sad; a similar social environment to that experienced by the average German citizen in the 1930s: Keep you mouth shut and your thoughts to yourself, just to be on the safe side.

It's like a Cleveland Bicycles poster

120 years, ago Cleveland Cycles (of Toledo Ohio, bizarrely. I guess "Cleveland" sounded better), advertised their bikes in Europe with marvelous posters showing western themes -- cowboys and, especially "Native Americans" riding bicycles.

Here's an example.

Deep thoughts

I can't help wondering if things had gone quite the other way, how I'd feel if a Native photographer dressed a little Caucasian boy up in his daddy's war medals and plunked him by a mockery of a cannon or gave him a pop-gun to hold, just for S&Gs.

Then again, the Anglo population in the US is reportedly dwindling. I may yet get to find out something of the kind before old age has kicked me humpbacked.

Dances With Bicycles

I thought they only stole horses.

Handlebars

When I was a kid in the 60s, we would turn down the handlebars like these guys are. We thought it looked cool. Dangerous if the grips slid off, as they often did, but cool.

Math problem, 1 divided by 3

Three boys and only one bike? I hope they're brothers, because otherwise, that's a problem.

In Brookland

The photo appears to have been taken on the grassy field in front of McMahon Hall at Catholic University.

Seems okay to me

One little, two little, three little Indians
Four little, five little, six little Indians
Seven little, eight little, nine little Indians
Ten little Indian boys.
Ten little, nine little, eight little Indians
Seven little, six little, five little Indians
Four little, three little, two little Indians
One little Indian boy.

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Macho Man

Sometime later one of their descendants would be discovered dancing on the bar at a nightclub in Greenwich Village. And the rest was disco history.

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