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High and Dry: 1920

High and Dry: 1920

Circa 1920, more trend-setting swimwear from New Zealand. "Young people in swimming costumes, Christchurch." Glass plate by Adam Maclay. View full size.


What's going on here?

Even though all four children make a fine grouping, as long as one looks at their smiling faces. If one checks the feet of the boy and the girl on each end of the line-up, something is amiss. The girl has a hammer-toe, I believe. As for the young lad on the far left, his left foot is enlarged and maybe deformed. Is this because of an accident or a disability? Could someone explain what is the matter with his foot?


"Here are your new swimsuits, kids. Girls, you get these attractive, form-fitting, yet tasteful suits. get a diaper."

Girl on the right

Thinking, "look straight ahead, don't look right, pretend you don't notice"

I Think We Can Be Pretty Sure

The boys find the girls' swimsuits attractive.

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