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Victorian Bathing Suits Fire Department Penn State Nittany Lions WW1 Pole Climbing Photo Album
Really,really cool photo album of one Mrs. Frank Riddle of Turtle Creek, PA. that dates from 1910-1917. Mrs. Riddle like her husband was Penn State Nittany Lions alumni and this album clearly chronicles these early dating years while both were students at Penn State. There are 286 photographs neatly, intricately and beautifully organized photographs in this black 7.5’ x 11 inch cowhide leather album. I must confess selecting nine photos out of this number for the allotted space listing was trying, as there are dozens upon dozens of photos that clearly could have been nominated to highlight this album. What captured my personal attention and affection was the multiple RPPC postcards of this ladies friends & family in various styled Edwardian bathing suits. These postcards strikingly illustrate the post Victorian moral safeguards on skin exposure. And keep in mind these wool bathing suits were heavy dry… let alone wet! Other images not shown include Penn State College students acting like goofy early 20th century college students with fashionable pole climbing and rough housing as part of the normal atmosphere. In addition there are snapshots of WW1 military parades and individual soldier photos, Fire (hose) department group photos and Penn State Nittany Lions football team photographs. There snapshots of travel to Niagara Falls and other semi-local destinations. There are a good number of military images all relating to WW1 including parades and single portrait images of green-horn soldiers. In closing let me say the album tells a story and there is quite a story to be told.
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