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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Buckeye Bathers: 1908

Buckeye Bathers: 1908

Lake Erie circa 1908. "Gordon Park bathing pavilion, Cleveland, Ohio." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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After Memorial Day?

It's interesting to see most of the women wearing white (or some other color than black) dresses. So many of Shorpy beach scenes have all the women wearing black or dark colored dresses. I guess they were taken in the off season.

Hot and Bothered

I understand it was the fashion of the time, but I can't imagine those dark, woolen swimming costumes were very comfortable once they got wet and full of sand. They must have weighed a ton. Not to mention, you'd find yourself bringing home half the beach once you shook it out after it dried. It must have been every Victorian housewife's dream to have half of Lake Erie's shores in her front parlor.

The Years Have Not Been Kind

For the story on how things turned out: A Highway Runs Through It

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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