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The Madding Crowd: 1927

The Madding Crowd: 1927

Summer 1927. "New York City views -- Long Beach." Raw material for a Gluyas Williams or Roz Chast. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.


Beach fashion

Wow, beach attire has sure changed from earlier Shorpy beach photos. Women now have legs! And we can see them! But guys still have to wear shirts. :(

Just twenty years earlier....

Remarkable how much the bathing attire changed in those twenty years. Some of the ladies suits here you might see today in more mature women. And to think, I've got bathing suits myself older than those twenty years.

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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