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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Magnolia-sur-Mer: 1906

Magnolia-sur-Mer: 1906

Circa 1906. "The bathing beach at Magnolia, Massachusetts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Redolent

You can almost smell the wet wool across more than a century.

Double standard

The boys get to show bare arms and legs and wear two-piece suits that aren't a lot more than a tank top and long shorts. The girls wear stockings and dresses over wool undergarments. I bet those girls were envious, and in less than twenty years, they were showing a lot more skin (or at least their daughters were).

Settle down

I did an ultra-zoom on the original mega-tiff, and it's just a white border to her bathing costume.

 
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