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Thoroughly Modern: 1922

Thoroughly Modern: 1922

July 1922. Washington, D.C. "Snapped at the Tidal Basin: Mildred Kapleck with her pet opossum, the latest novelty introduced at the bathing beach." Harris & Ewing glass negative for The Washington Post. View full size.

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So beautiful

I love the simple beauty of the girl in the photo. Not trying to be, but is just so lovely just sitting there. Great photo.

Where's his sun glasses?

Fairly certain possums are nocturnal and being in the sun is probably why he looks so miserable. In rural Louisiana some kids (pre-1970) would keep the young ones as pets until they grew their big, sharp front teeth, then out the door back to Mother Nature.

Changing room basket tag?

Our town pool, as late as the 70's, still used those round disc tags; the tag had the number of the basket in which you left your street clothes. However, instead of wearing them around the neck, ours had short elasticized cords so you could wear it on a wrist or ankle.

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