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Earth Day: 1920

Earth Day: 1920

April 15, 1920. Washington, D.C. "Tree planting." View full size. I looked high and low for a good CCC photo in honor of Earth Day, but they were all disappointingly low-res. So it's a National Photo glass negative to the rescue.

 

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From the Washington Post, April 16, 1920:

TOTS PAY TRIBUTE TO WAR ANIMALS

Special Exercises Are Held at Happy Hollow Playground; Tree Planted.

"Be Kind to Animals" week is being celebrated at all the city playgrounds with special exercises in which children are the leading actors. At 23 playgrounds this week a playlet is being presented, and special marches, songs and recitations have been arranged.

At Happy Hollow playground, Eighteenth street and Kalorama road, special exercises were held yesterday afternoon, the chief feature being the planting of an oak tree in memory of the animals and carrier pigeons that fell during the war. A horse, mule, dog and carrier pigeons were there to represent their fallen comrades. First Sergt. George Smith, of the signal corps, released these pigeons at the end of the exercises, first placing them in the hands of children who posed for motion pictures.

The dedicatory address was made by James P. Briggs, president of the Humane Education Society, and a memorial tablet was hung on the tree by little Miss Clara Straeten, granddaughter of Mrs. Susie Root Rhodes. A band furnished music, and children in costume sang appropriate songs. The playlet, "The Farmer's Dream," was presented by children, the characters represented included "Mother Nature," "a farmer," and a horse, bull, cow, goat, sheep, cat and dog. The playlet was written by Miss Frances Berkeley Brooks of the M Street High School.

The exercises at all playgrounds are under direction of Miss Florence Chambers, assistant to Mrs. Susie Root Rhodes, director of playgrounds. Miss Chambers is assisted by Misses Nina White and Katherine Kall.

Washington will celebrate its first Arbor day tomorrow afternoon at 3 o'clock, when 68 American linden trees will be planted on Twenty-third street between B and E streets, northwest. Each of the trees will be named for a school in the District. The public is invited to the exercises.

Secretary of Agriculture Edwin T. Meredith and Gen. William Mitchell will speak at the exercises. Commissioner Brownlow will preside.

Reminds me

of the movie "Wicker Man"

Creepy scary

The first one I saw was the white hood on the girl at the left and thought it was a KKK hood. Then I saw the rest of them. Yikes. The 3 in the center remind me of Dancing Bear from Captain Kangaroo, with those flat eyes.

Did you know...

...that giraffes have long necks? My, those are some scary masks.

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