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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Castle Baths: 1927

Castle Baths: 1927

1927. "New York City views -- bathers at Long Beach. For the New York Times." Wingtips optional. 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Lean On Me

It’s so interesting how casually physical men and women could be less than a century ago without facing unnecessary speculation. The group of men lying on each other in the front would never be seen Long Beach today without assumptions made or eyebrows raised.

 
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