Saturday, April 09, 2011

Packing Mamas

I found this at If Charlie Parker was a Gunslinger. Click to enlarge. Caption below:
Packing Mamas Round Up Marauders.

Viers Mill Village -- Pistol-packing mamas of Viers Mill Village, a Washington D.C., suburb, terrorized by night marauders for 3 weeks, rounded up four men in gun-fire studded chase early today. Wielding rifles, pistols, knives and baseball bats, the aroused housewives had the intruders begging for mercy when police reached the battlefield. Shown are Mrs. Mary Schultz, holding a .45; Mrs. Doris Young, carrying a butcher knife; Mrs. Martha Newell with a rifle, and Mrs. Warren Leigh, wielding a baseball bat. (1950)
An interesting note from the caption: this was in a suburb of Washington, D.C. But I see something interesting in this photograph. What you do notice about the way they have posed?

I'll add my own observation in a day or two. Leave your guess in the comments.

UPDATE: Answer in comments.


  1. I notice the handgun is empty, slide back, and the bolt is back on the rifle.

  2. Bob noticed the same thing I did. The guns have been rendered safe, both practically and obviously (that is, visually). The pistol slide is locked back and the rifle bolt is open.

  3. Do you have access to the actual news article on this, and who they confronted?

    1. No. The blog I found this at no longer exists.