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On Bended Knee: 1910

On Bended Knee: 1910

Washington, D.C., circa 1910. "Unidentified group from dance or play, #130." Another group of thespians at the H&E portrait studio. View full size.

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Gal third from left

is a Dude!

Range of Emotions

I love the variety of expressions on the women's faces.

As a new member here, I also enjoyed reading the Comment Guidelines. They are so refreshingly sensible! I hope they are followed, for the most part, here, and I wish other sites had similar ones.


Can't see the dudes, of course. But clearly a couple of them haven't done as well as their peers.

Wait a minnit!

After comparing this to some of the other H&E theatrical portraits, I've developed a strong suspicion that not all of the "girls" here are really girls.

Early bunnies

I wonder if this is where Hef got his idea for his girls' costumes?

This play needs a star

Judging by those lads, Bruno would have loved to be in the play!

Too Few

My first thought was "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" but there are only six.

Behind the Times

Is it just me or do those fellows have a little more, shall we say "padding" in the caboose? It looks like they literally have pillows stuffed back there!

Moons Over the Potomac!

Quite a cheeky bunch of dudes.

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