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Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Tidal Basin bathing girls." As a hatchling growing up in South Florida, one of my first wildlife safety lessons was: Do not let the bathing-girl put her hand in your mouth. Because you never know where it's been. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.