JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

The Experiment: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Woman scientist." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Woman scientist." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.


On Shorpy:
Today’s Top 5

Mother (of all) Farkers

I am not too knowledgeable about the Fark thing.

All I know is that when there is a link to a Shorpy picture there is a wonderful gift awaiting. The variety of Farked alternate lives for this woman is staggeringly funny.

Is it possible to include a menued link to all Farked Shorpys?

(I'm an ole feller and glad to have lived long enough to reference "Farked Shorpys" and have it actually mean something interesting).

[You can find them by using our Search box. - Dave]


Miss Jane

My wife wondered what I was laughing at. T.U.M., your comment re Jane Hathaway is a winner. LOL! Thanks!!

[Believe it or not, my dad was friends with Miss Jane (Nancy Kulp) back in the 1940s. - Dave]

Dr. Joan Hathaway

This is, of course, a rare photo of Dr. Joan Hathaway, whose younger sister Jane went on to fame as the secretary of Milburn Drysdale, president of the Commerce Bank of Beverly Hills.

Very stylish.

Lab workers have certainly learned to dress down over the decades.


She reminds me of the fiancee Katharine Hepburn saves Cary Grant from in "Bringing Up Baby."

Love the pose!

She looks like a conquistador claiming the land of Science.

Not a Step!

Obviously before this caution was put on ladders.

On today's installment of "Natural Anomaly"...

...we have a truly rare sighting for you: the elusive Homoscientistus brachiadulcis feminilis, in layperson's terms, the "Woman Scientist."

Note that despite many years of oppression, this particular specimen has evolved, developing a hardened exoskeleton of self-confidence and such finely-tuned adaptive skills as stepstool-toting, saggy-stocking wearing and evil-eye glaring.

What bears greatest notice with regard to these adaptive skills is that they were developed with a speed previously unheard of relative to the normal rate of biological evolution.

It is now believed that such rapidity was necessary to prevent immediate threats to the specimen's survival such as:

1) an environment rife with objects of exaggerated height,
2) a practice common among the socially awkward males of the genus Homoscientistus known as exposed ankle ogling, and
3) a phenomenon even more common to the male, even more offensive to the female, scientifically known as ocularis up-and-downis (commonly, "elevator eyes").

When the male's examination finally reaches the face of brachiadulcis feminilis, the practice of evil-eye glaring acts as an instant rebuff to the offender.

Only time will tell if this rare breed will survive, though with such an uncanny rate of adaptability, the future looks bright for "Woman Scientist."

Thank you for joining us today on "Natural Anomaly."

***"Natural Anomaly" is brought to you by Ironic Picture Caption Commentary Productions, by generous contributions from Dave, and from viewers like you. Thank you.


What a dangerous combo! (The heels and stepstool, I mean.)

Syndicate content is a vintage photography site featuring thousands of high-definition images. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago. Contact us | Privacy policy | Accessibility Statement | Site © 2024 Shorpy Inc.