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The Good Old Summertime: 1923

The Good Old Summertime: 1923

"Bathing beach." Circa 1923, a faded view of fun on one of the long-gone Potomac bathing beaches of Washington, D.C. View full size. National Photo Company.

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Triple A in any decade

The gal with double strap on her arm is awesome, attractive, and is getting a lot of attention from all the guys around her. She would look good in the 20's, 60's, and now.

Still the same ...

What gets me most about this photo is that nothing has changed. I used to hang out with my mates in exactly the same manner. Even the look on the kids' faces is the same. This should not surprise me ... not sure why it does actually.

Beach attire

This seems to be at the tail-end of the prudish era- the guys are still wearing tank tops, the gals in long bathing suits and even stockings in some cases. It seems that there was a world of change in beach attire during the 1920s.

Just goes to show

This photo just goes to show that people could still have a good time and actually function quite well without the gadgets we can't seem to do without nowadays!

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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