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Dive: c. 1902

Dive: c. 1902

A young woman poses as if she is about to dive from diving board. Photograph by Fritz W. Guerin, c. 1902. View full size.


We bought a photo studio in the '70s from an 'old' local photographer... the back room was filled with backdrops like this one depicting all seasons and all locations!

Just discovering the Guerin gallery...

This looks like the same gal you've dubbed "Lady Libertine." But you'd think old Fitz would realize you can't swim in heels!


Thanks for the laugh!

the girl

gosh, she was pretty

the burkini

this IS what you get when you cross a burqa with a bikini!

That swimsuit!

While it cracks me up, it also makes me a little envious...the last swimsuit I bought had a bikini top with about a teaspoon of fabric.

Shouldn't there be something between a burkha and a bikini?

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