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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • RAINIER NATIONAL PARK: c. 1920s

Naiad Dryad Dyad: 1925

Naiad Dryad Dyad: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Dancers, American National Ballet." Back before they drained the swamp. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

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Dance, or --

When I see pictures of the National American Ballet, I can never quite decide whether the main point was dance, or whether it was using the "classical" themes of ballet to push the envelope in terms of what was acceptable to present in a picture. Maybe both.

[On the path blazed by the photographer Arnold Genthe and his minimally draped dancers. - Dave]

With waders, maybe.

Those gals are braver than I am, walking out there barefoot.

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