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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Just a Dip At Twilight: 1938

Just a Dip At Twilight: 1938

A homemade swimming pool for steelworkers' children in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Photograph by Arthur Rothstein, July, 1938. View full size.

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No Bikini

I don't see a bikini anywhere in the picture, left or right. The lady on the right is wearing a swimsuit whose style was quite normal for that period. Notice the lower half ends of a kind of loose skirt around the thighs.

Actual bikinis first started showing up on the French Riviera in the mid fifties. But two-piece bathing suits were already around even then.

Like making love in a canoe

Is there anything beer can't do?


Look at the girl on the far right. Is that a bikini, or is it my imagination? There were no bikinis in 1938, before WWII. At least that's what I was told.

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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