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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

A Husky Bunch: 1905

A Husky Bunch: 1905

Coney Island, New York, circa 1905. "A husky bunch." Hide your daughters! 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Fiery

Looks like a lot of redheads, especially up front. Irish Tag Team, perhaps?

Unmarked Cats

Nary a tattoo in sight.
How refreshing.

Shocking- no Stockings!

This is Shocking!
Where is that girl's bathing stockings?
Girls can't show bare feet in 1905.
What will be next?- bare knees???

Must I Say It

I sure hope that poor little kid in the boater hat didn't get caught in a high wind out there on the beach. His ears would have beat him to within an inch of his life. Other than that, he is a cute little kid and very well dressed.

Star Bellies

Historical beaches to Shorpian reaches
To display it or not, those Star Bellied Sneetches

This picture proves they didn't all wear the same tank top, black & white striped t-shirt, or plain black wool bathing costume. Maybe this picture inspired Dr Seuss. Evidently even back then some Sneetches had stars upon thars, some did not.

Star-bellied Sneetches

At the denouement.

 
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