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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Narragansett Pier: 1910

Narragansett Pier: 1910

Rhode Island circa 1910. "Narragansett Pier bathing beach." Note the photographer and signage to the left: "Want a Picture Taken in Your BATHING SUIT? 4 for 50 cents -- All Work Done by the LIGHTNING PROCESS." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Stiff onshore breeze?

Judging by the men on the balcony clutching their boaters.

Instant photography

Researching the term "lightning process" the photographer at the left is boasting about returns many references dating back to the 1870s concerning the speed of exposures, yet in this later, Box Brownie period, I wonder if it didn't mean the rapidity of producing prints.

Time

Well, its 3 o'clock, time to go home.

[Make that, "Well, it's 12:15, time for lunch." - tterrace]

 
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