Monday, December 17, 2012

National Photo Company

The National Photo Company was a news photo service, focused on Washington, DC, most active in the period from 1910-1930.

 Boy seated with orangutan on bench at the National Zoo, Washington, DC

 Bucky Harris autographing scorecards on dugout steps, on Ladies Day, 1925
[about Bucky Harris]
 Crowd in front of the Dixie Theater, Washington, DC, 1920

 Descendants of the original Americans and the early French settlers 
meet at the White House as callers on their president, 1929

 Dorothy Kelly, Virginia Hunter, Elaine Griggs, Hazel Brown and Mary Kaminsky in bathing suits seated on two large blocks of ice, Washington, DC, 1920s

 Elizabeth Holcomb and Charlotte Williams, on White House lawn, 1929

 Fifty-fifty - something better than rolling Easter eggs. 1922

 Four prize winners in annual beauty show, Washington Bathing Beach, Washington, DC, 1922
[a more realistic standard of beauty, pre-supermodel era]
 Gardiner Orme in his speed boat at the opening of yachting season by the 
Corinthian yacht Club, Washington, D.C., with debutantes Sally Hew Phillips, 
Fanny Dial, Frances Gore and Georgiana Joyes, 1920s

 Mack Sennett girl in bathing suit holding up oar

 Mary Jayne seated in rocking chair with pistol strapped to her knee, 
claiming exemption from concealed weapon regulation by saying her thirty-two 
isn't a concealed weapon in these days of knee-length skirts. 1922
[This photo may be in poor taste given the recent events in Connecticut, but it certainly 
demonstrates that America's insane fascination with guns is a long-standing issue.]

 Miss Goldie Dunn and Miss Louise Hiatt, of the National Council 
for the Prevention of War, holding isolationist posters, 1924
[actually, a close reading of the posters reveals them to be anti-isolationist]
 President Calvin Coolidge and Mother Jones, 1924
[Mother Jones was a famous labor organizer]

 Baby show, Washington, DC, 1920

Secretarial staff of V.P. Charles Curtis at work - 
Lola Williams, Golden Bales, Florence Hasson, 1929
[Curtis was Herbert Hoover's Vice President.]

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