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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Swimsuit Audition: 1930

Swimsuit Audition: 1930

Washington, D.C., circa 1930. "Gibbs, Mrs. Malcolm." Maude Foote Gibbs, fiftyish wife of the People's Drug Store founder, modeling a very distant ancestor of the polka-dot bikini. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
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All in the families

Maude Foote Gibbs should not be confused with her older sister, Ida Foote Gibbs. These two Foote sisters married two Gibbs brothers (lawyer Alexander Campbell Gibbs and pharmacist Malcolm Graham Gibbs), eight years apart.

The Hair !

Don't know what attacked the hair but boy, she's cute as can be for 50 something !!

Turned-up nose, Turned-down hose

Clearly this is a woman who does not want to believe the 1920s are over.

 
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Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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