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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Hood Ornament: 1948

Hood Ornament: 1948

April 7, 1948: "Woman with chest & stomach on mat, head up and hands behind her back holding her feet." View full size. New York World-Telegram & Sun photo by Phyllis Twatchman. (Looks like a cross between Madonna and Marilyn.)

 

I'm out of the contest!

I'm sure this picture sent a lot of boys to the bathroom for a little personal time in its day. "What are you doing in there?" ... "Uh, nothing Mom!"

The Bow Pose

Practicing yoga right after the war.

 
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