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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Waterbirds of Washington: 1942

Waterbirds of Washington: 1942

June 1942. "Sunbathers in East Potomac Park on Sunday." The White-Breasted Knee-Knocker appears at the first sign of warm weather. Medium format negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Sunsuit?

When I was a little girl in the late fifties, ladies and girls would wear "sunsuits" that were made of woven cotton fabric and covered a little more skin than a bathing suit would. I think that's what these ladies are wearing.

40s

There were a lot of great things about 1940's fashion. This is not one of them.

The Latest Style

Must be a new style - I don't think I've never seen the "Ankle Socks, Swim Suit & Welding Goggles" look before!

 
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