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Baby Gus: 1920

Baby Gus: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Gus Tolson, baby." Details to come, if anyone can supply them. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Weird Ear

Dino, I agree with your comment. His ear looks like a socket for an allen wrench.

Philly Gus

Possibly Augustus G. Tolson. Lives in Philadelphia.

Alien Concept

I think it was James Lileks who pointed out that all babies, at some point, looks as though they're NOT FROM EARTH.

Ethel Merman's future husband

Better known as Ernest Borgnine of McHale's Navy. I'm just saying.

Baby Gus' First Words

Redrum ... REDRUM!

So Wyndham was right!!

Great day in the's a Midwich child!

Weeeeeird ear

Are my eyes playing tricks on me or does the baby have an extremely odd looking right ear? The ear canal looks like someone tried to repair his zombie-like expression with a sharp object.

Number 58

Actually, this is an infant photo of Boston Redsox closer Jonathan Papelbon. He has yet to fully pucker the lips and develop that goofy glare under the bill of his cap. Yes, he would become the pride of the Redsox Nation, but would one day taste the bitterness of gall when the Angels would send him back to the bull pen in the top of the ninth in a crucial ALCS game. Alas, that it would happen in Fenway Park.

I think Gus is

Baby Bob's great-grand father.

Gus Smacks Photographer

"And that's for making me wear a dress!"

Where to, Mac?

Mesmerized by the cab idling outside, little Gus knew from this moment forward what his life's work would be.

Hey picture man

... if I could get out of this chair I'd come show you where to put your camera!


I could just tickle those little feet!

What you

be talking about, Willis?

Gus indeed

If ever there were a Gus, this is him. Two-day stubble and a cigar would complete the look.


For a moment, I thought it was a picture of young Broderick Crawford.

Future major leaguer

That's young A-Rod staring at the pitcher.


Glenn Beck is older than he looks.

Thanks for clarifying that

"Gus Tolson, baby," as opposed to "Gus Tolson, stevedore" or "Gus Tolson, sump pump."

You're getting very sleepy

Gus Tolson grew up to be one of the world's greatest hypnotists. It was something about his ... his eyes ... his eyes ... his eyes ...


Two Guses in one week!


This explains where the term "gussied up" originated.

Poor Service

Pablum and Farina again? I demand a new chef. What's next- potty training? I don't think so.

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