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Polar Bare: 1950

Polar Bare: 1950

Washington, D.C., circa 1950. "Four naked boys, viewed from behind, sitting on large blocks of ice." Photo by Aaron Miller. View full size.

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Ice delivery

I'm here to pick up my ice order. Ahhh, never mind.

Hot seat ... Not!

Not a comment, but several questions: Why sitting on blocks of ice? And why bare butt? Wouldn't that create frostbite in a most uncomfortable place?

[This was a newspaper photo of the genre frequently seen during heat waves. - Dave]

Bare Brothers

I'm willing to bet we're looking at two sets of brothers here. Boy #1 bares a strong resemblance to Boy #3, as does Boy #2 to Boy #4.

And that's not just in their ears.

Mom would say:

"You'll ruin your kidneys that way".

On The Rocks!

So — that explains the slightly odd taste of my martini!

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | 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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