Thursday, June 18, 2009

Nonaccidental Tourists



The year was 1918 and the only entry on theses old photographs is "Munitions Workers". So these young ladies must have traveled to Washington, D.C. from afar, along with their not so young chaperones, and were variously posing seriously and hamming it up for the camera outside the Capitol Building. Chances are they were there to lobby Congress for something, perhaps the vote for women, which was granted in 1920 through the adoption of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution.

These photographs are part of the Harris & Ewing collection at the Library of Congress.

2 comments:

Tracy said...

Fantastic photos...love seeing these and noting the details of the dress on these ladies. Wonder why they made that trip to the Capital...sufferage activists maybe! :o)

High Desert Diva said...

Oh I do love looking at old fashion photos.

Most early photographs have such serious faces on the subjects. Its nice to see (some of) them hamming it up!