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Bathing Girl Parade: 1920

Bathing Girl Parade: 1920

Annual "Bathing Girl Parade," Balboa Island at Newport Beach, California. June 20, 1920. Panoramic photo by Miles Weaver. View full size.

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Balboa Park

I believe the stairs are still there. Balboa Park Pavilion, as it's called now. A good place for a hour sailboat rent, cotton candy, fishing boat rental, and a hot dog. A great "watch the boats" place. Home of John Wayne, Johnny Carson, and much more.

working class girls

Come now,
give these poor girls a break.
in 1920, The OC was bean fields and orange groves
and Hollywood was a days train ride away.
any of these beauties would of been a trophy catch
for some lonely orchard farmer......

ooh la la

ooh la la... Oh to be born back then, maybe recycled back in future lifecycle I will wish to be born now...make sense!?


Estas sí que eran bikinis!!


The poor little one sitting down in front of them doesn't look like she's having a good time.

Oof indeed

I am not nearly as hypercritical about yesteryear's looks as some commenters, but this is definitely the worst looking batch of "beauties" posted on this site.

Amazing bathing suits, though. With so much skin nowadays, we don't get to see that kind of craziness on the beach.

shoe envy

The gal on the left-hand side with the Spalding pennant is very Will Ferrell, no? On a positive note, I'd kill for any pair of pumps these ladies are sporting.

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