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Bathing Beauty Pirates: 1924

Bathing Beauty Pirates: 1924

Jewell Pathe's Bathing Beauty Pirates capture Vitagraph Ships for "Captain Blood" in Balboa Beach, California, June 15, 1924. Photograph by M.F. Weaver. View full size

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Iola again?

Isn't that Iola Swinnerton, of Washington, D.C. bathing contest fame, eleventh from the right? Her bathing costume is much, much nicer and more stylish. I wonder who put up the money for the train trip across the country?


Kids often served as cute "mascots" for these beauty contests.


I wonder who the two kids in the middle are. One of them appears to be a ten or eleven year old girl, and the other a four or five year old boy.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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