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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VINTAGE MIAMI: c. 1960s

Musicale Alfresco: 1897

Musicale Alfresco: 1897

Our third visit with the Douglas family in Takoma Park, Maryland: Zilpha Minnie Childs Douglas (1859-1960) and her children Helen (1885-1987) and Willard (1887?-1960). The photographer was Edward Morehouse Douglas (1855-1932). It's interesting to note that the ladies here lived to be centenarians. View full size.

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Longevity

The genetic endowment of females of that line is extraordinary.

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I love the ladies' cotton dresses. Zilpha looks so much more comfortably and informally dressed than my relatives appear in photos taken around the same time.

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"A gentleman is one who knows how to play the banjo, but refrains."

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