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Nurse and patient "Sea Breeze Jr." circa 1915. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Probably taken at one of New York's seaside "cottage" hospitals for babies, where plenty of fresh air and sunshine were believed to be therapeutic.
A model floating in the water at Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida. The image by fashion photographer Toni Frissell was published in Harper's Bazaar in December 1947. Mug | Weeki Wachee Mermaids | View full size.
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