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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Where the Dolls Loll: 1922

Where the Dolls Loll: 1922

July 15, 1922. "Wardman Park swimming pool." Yes, it's the well that never runs dry -- that new swimming pool at the Wardman Park Hotel in Washington. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Modern Living

I read the title as "Where the Dolls LOL." Guess I've been spending too much time in the 21st century!

A Familiar Face

I swear I've seen the 2nd woman from the right in a few other photos on Shorpy. It's difficult to forget someone who looks like a young Anne Ramsey.

Amazing

So girls actually had legs back in those days. You learn something new every day.

Changes

They wore more clothing to swim than the girls wear to go to the mall today.

O Modesty, where art thou?

Hot Babes

in weird hats. Does it get any better than that?

 
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