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Signs of Spring: 1939

Signs of Spring: 1939

March 28, 1939. "Pretty Peggy Townsend, who will be crowned Cherry Blossom Queen at the festival to be held Friday, picked out a Cherry Tree to get her first glimpse of the beautiful blossoms in Potomac Park." View full size.


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Wow Mr. Falcon

Great job! She could pose in some really pretty cherry trees around here. It seems to be spring here is BC and the trees and flowers are all in bloom! Thanks for removing the headless man too.


I must have her shoes. Especially if they are actually the color Fredric Falcon chose.

She's Colorized

I'm snowed-in today and wanted a little spring and a little nostalgia. So seeing her in oolor made it happen. I removed the guy in the background to eliminate the distraction he causes. This was fun and I hope you enjoy it. If any of you want to see the full-size version, you'll find it in the Colorized Photos gallery.

[Wow! - Dave]

Ha! Not Me

I wouldn't touch this one with a 555-foot obelisk.

The Singing Debutante

Peggy was the daughter of Mr and Mrs. Effingham Townsend.

Washington Post, Dec 13, 1938

Peggy Townsend, Debutante, Stars as Blues singer

Washington society was well represented at a gathering of 200 persons that crowded at the Powhatan Hotel last night to hear Peggy Townsend, debutante niece of Mrs. Lawrence Townsend, make her debut as a blues singer.

Although her first appearance in public, Miss Townsend literally "brought down the house" with such songs as "Two Sleepy People" and "Have you Forgotten So Soon," which she sang with Lee Sullivan.

The singing debutante, who has in the opinion of her friends, a bright future, sang like a veteran performer, showing no sign of nervousness. She will sing at the club twice each night and at the cocktail hour on Saturday.

Miss Townsend was gowned in aquamarine blue lame and wore orchids.

Psych 101

Well, this is as good a Freudian pic as any.

Oh Puh-leez

She climbed up there and didn't even get a snag in her stockings?! I can't manage to survive a whole day at the office without a snag or run or two. I guess the photographer must have only had eyes for her, or he might have waited for the headless man to leave.

First time

First time I've seen someone with his head up somebody else's a$$.
Love ya Shorpy!

Calling Shorpy's colorization experts

Obviously she made all the men lose their heads. And birds.

That darn Washington Monument

Always popping up when a lady is least prepared!

38 seconds

Before I noticed the guy in the background!

Perfectly pretty

What a fantastic picture! Lovely setting, pose, lady, and clothes!

Don't you just hate it

When your heel gets jammed in the crotch?


Wow. This one is pre-Farked.

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