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Bathing Beauties: 1905

Bathing Beauties: 1905

The Jersey Shore circa 1905. "Bathing beauties playing on sawhorse." Show us your ankles! 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.


Life buoy colour?

I had a go at colorizing the image. Wasn't sure what colour the life buoy actually was. Any ideas?

How do they do it

I cannot I I agile having a waist as small as the woman standing on the ground - looks like an 18 inch waist (with "largish" hips). They are having a ball!!!


or gasping for air. Are these ladies wearing corsets on the beach?!?

Hand me my laudanum!

Snooki and Jwoww!

For Shame, For Shame !

These attractive girls parading on the beach with short sleeves and no shoes. Hope they haven't drank too much of the Willitts.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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