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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Miss Washington: 1922

Miss Washington: 1922

1922. "Miss Washington in bathing suit." Concealed yet revealed, Evelyn Lewis at the Wardman Park Hotel pool on a nippy day. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

Thanks, commenters

You've raised a couple of interesting points.

Nice

Shoes?

Following Suit

If I may make a pointed comment, it is easy to flesh out that this young lass is keeping abreast of jazz age bathing fashions.

One more reason "LOL" was invented

To react to those last two words. Well, next to last, actually.

I'm gonna rouge my knees and roll my stockings down

I always thought that phrase from "All That Jazz" in the musical "Chicago!" was a strange lyric.

Rolling down your stockings was a way of being sexy - women's legs were still considered risque in a time when long skirts were still being worn. To show your legs was the equivalent of today wearing a micro-mini skirt and bikini top.

In the 1920's, rouging one's knees was a popular make up fad. Some women used rouge to highlight and draw attention to their cheeks, although modest women resisted the use of make up and preferred to make the most of ‘natural’ beauty instead.

Flappers, on the other hand, thought of themselves as promiscuous and sexy rebels, and so they rouged their knees to draw attention to them.

I'd never actually seen it until this picture. Thanks, Shorpy!

The Look Was Common In The 20s

Thin loose fitting clothing without the assistance of upper support was the style in the 20s/very early 30s. Check out some of the silent and early talkie motion pictures. Young ladies always looked like they were about to have wardrobe malfunctions.

Friends

Jazz Age edition

Dave, you old dog

I can see right through your explanation of the photo. Very witty indeed.

Nippy

Wait -- they had those then?

I know this is a family site,

and she is beautiful, with those dark eyes. She also has hips, a facet of womanly beauty that seem to be hidden by today's fashions.

And, I repeat I know this is a family site, but did the beauties of that era also go without upper body undies?

Scandalous

Exposure of those knees leaves very little to the imagination.

 
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