Happy Valentines Day: A Colt .25 Pocket, slightly out of

“Safety first” is the motto of Miss Mary Jayne of *Keith’s circuit:

LOC LC-USZ62-96956

LOC LC-USZ62-96956

The original caption seems to be centered around escaping the Sullivan Act of New York City back in the Roaring 20s’

“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.”

Dated 1922 Feb. 14.

The below image, also via the LOC, shows the same young lady, now with the pistol– which looks more like a Model 1908 Colt Pocket Hammerless in .25ACP– in an ill-fitting holster, to which she appears less than impressed.

colt-32-on-the-leg-of-one-miss-mary-jayne-vaudville-performer-in-1922

*The “Keith Circuit” was a chain of vaudeville theaters in the United States and Canada owned by Benjamin Franklin Keith that was extremely popular in the 1920s.

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