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String Theory: 1918

String Theory: 1918

Nurse and patient at Walter Reed Army Hospital circa 1918 in Washington, D.C. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


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this guy had the same profile than my husband at 22 age, exactly when i met him, and it's so weird that they both have the same haircut

Flirtation Weave

I think our lovely nurse is helping the soldier learn finger weaving. I agree, there's romance in the air!


But what are they doing? At first I thought they were playing Cat's Cradle, but you only get tangled up with a chair if you're really bad at it. Further, I can't imagine this nurse, with her lovely starched white cuffs, has time to play games, so it must be something useful, but what?!


It'll take several days to finish the macrame bookmark, by which time he'll have worked up the courage to ask her on a date. She'll cock an eyebrow, roll her eyes, and before you know it, they'll be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

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