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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Plum Point: 1928

Plum Point: 1928

"Plum Point." Circa 1928. Thinking of Friday's historic vote in the House of Representatives, I was all set to post a photo of Woodrow Wilson addressing Congress. Then I found this. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Beachy Keen

I also approve of this photo alternative AND the more stylish swimwear of 1927 over what's common in your 1925 beach photos. More, please!

1926 must have been the tipping point year in beach fashion between Victorian "cover up everything so no one can see anything" and the modern age. 1926 must also be the year when those awful rolled up women's stockings disappeared.

Hmmm. It must be cold. Nancy Pelosi, is that you under that swim hat?

Endorsement

My name is Anonymous Tipster, and I approve of this photo alternative.

And now for the weather

Two posts and not a single "It must be cold" comment?! (Of course that might be somebody's grandmother, but that hasn't stopped anyone here before.)

Serious Stuff

Ah yes... I remember back in the day when leapfrog was a most serious business.

Better than Woodrow!

This is a much more interesting photo than would be one of Woodrow Wilson. I mean, what comments can be posted about Wilson addressing Congress, whereas in this case, I notice that all the women are wearing the beach shoes, to prevent stepping on sharp objects in the sand or water, which are not often seen anymore (and I also notice that the lady in the striped top and white belt is VERY WELL built). This could be titled "A Day at the Beach."

Better

This is far better than Woodrow Wilson!

 
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