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Camp Cuddles: 1925

Camp Cuddles: 1925

San Francisco circa 1925. "Swimsuit girls camping in dealer window with Willys-Knight auto." Say hello to Kay and Nina, who, in addition to camping and swimming, seem to enjoy golf. 8x10 film negative. View full size.

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Sheiks and Shebas

In the 1920s, a sheik was what they called a guy that girls swooned over, like a Valentino. Another name was darb, which was more like a super cool guy, superior to all the others. A ladies' man was a cake-eater. Hot flappers were shebas or kittens. They had other names too, but sheik and sheba were popular. A flapper's father was a dapper. I'm not that old but I'm writing a novel set in the era and I researched the jargon of the day. It's quite interesting.

I guess girls just want to have fun

Even advertising for their own Rudolph Valentino.

Say, if they're still with us they're way over 100 by now.


I'm guessing that would be a "player" in the modern vernacular.

Golf Roadster

The door behind the golf bag conceals the compartment in which the clubs will be stored while en route.

Hegelian Unity of Opposites Revealed!

The car has sleeve valves; the bathing suits have no sleeves -- unlike many illustrated on his site, some of which might as well have trains.

I'd subtly tie the above point to Kant, but I can't.

Plato's Cave

The window lettering casting a shadow ("Overland") near the car suggests that this may have been the Overland and Willys-Knight salesroom at 1414 Van Ness. That, at least, is what the 1925 Crocker Langley directory suggests to this reader.

A Knight & two Damsels

They can do laundry, golf, read, but can they cook?

And from that day forward

Nina was known to her friends and family as "the big one."

Auto Refrigerator

I've never seen an "auto refrigerator" like that before! A quick search located this.

"No Shieks Allowed"

But we welcome all sheiks!

In the immortal words ...

of Daffy Duck:* "It's a living."

*Daffy Dilly, 1948.

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