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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Holey Water: 1940

Holey Water: 1940

British Mandate Palestine circa 1940. "Solomon's Pools becomes a picnic & swimming resort. Taking a dive into the deep water of the upper pool." Another glimpse of the young lady seen here sans moth holes. Nitrate negative by the American Colony Photo Department/Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 

Seriously, what is the big deal?

Everyone gets freaked out by female body hair. Get over yourselves.

I think she is posing

for the Jantzen swimsuit ad, sort of.

The Geek Squad

That's probably the closest those three mugs have ever been to a woman -- a little hair isn't going to bother them!

Sterner stuff

Odd to see a luxuriantly-unshaven young woman. Odder still that the guys aren't recoiling in horror.

Men were men in those days, boys. Make a note of it.

Here is the back door of the casino

Lady Bic

I realize it's a cultural thing, but I just can't get past it. I'll take my American girls every time.

 
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