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Made It Myself: 1922

Made It Myself: 1922

June 17, 1922. "Washington Advertising Club bathing costume contest at Tidal Basin." Our second look at the stylish entry of Miss Anna Niebel, the "former Follies girl" who took first place. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.


Twenty-Four Years

...from here to the first Bikini.

Someone's missing

Odd to see a swimsuit photo without Shorpy pinup favorite Miss Iola Swinnerton being represented.

Young and Smylie

Our award-winning seamstress looks like she fell into a barrel of licorice sticks.



The Winning Swimsuit

I think this suit won because it covers everything yet conceals nothing.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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