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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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YWCA Pool: 1927

YWCA Pool: 1927

Washington, D.C., circa 1927. "Y.W.C.A. pool." In the Y's new building at 17th and K Streets. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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My swim cap is too tight!

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Fifteen years of therapy.


So much humility; so much embarrassment. I could be watching Reality TV.

Got a light?

The person at far right looks like she is enjoying a cigarette.

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What a nice contemporary-looking setting!


The figure at the far right just about sums it up. Our heroine on the board just wishes this were over and done; the spectators wonder if there will be sponge cake and coffee.

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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