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Viv & Dick & Dot: 1925

Viv & Dick & Dot: 1925

November 24, 1925. Washington, D.C. Vivian and Dorothy Marinelli at the Hoffman-Hoskins Salon of Dance with "Pony Ballet" star Dick Nash, seen in our previous post as the tallest girl in the "Uncle Sam's Follies" chorus line. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Clearly, this gentleman is not in the previous "chorus line" picture. This guy is about 6' 7" at least, and would tower over ladies if he were in drag. Someone needs their eyes checked.

[Could that someone be you? - Dave]

Why wouldn't they notice?

Why wouldn't they notice? I'm guessing the majority of men in 1925 weren't blind--and I'm not convinced that men's appreciation of the visual has only developed in the past 83 years!

Actually, men in the past may have been even more inclined to notice beauty in features like lips, since they didn't have the distractions of midriffs, deep v-necks, and skirts up to there that many women choose to showcase today. Would that men today actually took time to notice something like lips!!!

~A 23-year-old non-miniskirt wearer

Pucker Up

The woman on the left has great lips. I wonder if they even noticed back then.

That Guy

Oh, man. That guy in the back is priceless!

Dick Nash: Musical Cowboy

According to accounts at the time in the Washington Post, Dick Nash was the "Musical Cowboy" whose act included "novel rope twirling with musical accompaniment and ... cowboy dancing"

All the Girls

The guy in the background looks like he is thinking, "Man, he gets all the chicks..."


I'm sorry, but the rolled down stocking thing doesn't do anything for me. One more thing you have to scratch your head about and ask, "what the HECK were they thinking?"

We can all be grateful that fashion sense will leave some things behind it that should be left behind.


The guy in the background looks a little bummed that Mr. Nash gets to hug the hotties and not he.

Goober Pea

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