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Tidalists: 1922

Tidalists: 1922

August 15, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Florence Skadding and Mark Coles." At the Tidal Basin bathing pavilion. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

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That Mark Coles tan would make George Hamilton and Zonker Harris proud.

Re: Her Trophies

My goodness, how did Hipster remember Miss Skadding from three months ago? Good memory.

Her trophies

If I recall, Ms. Skadding possesses, ahem, Great Big Tracts of Land.

Maj. Werts Too

Washington Post, Aug 16, 1922

District Swim Titles to
Cole and Miss Skadding

The championship swimming series was brought to a close at the Tidal basin bathing beach yesterday with the crowning of Miss Florence Skadding and Mark Coles as the champions of the respective classes. These two winners were presented with beautiful loving cups as a token of their accomplishments. The presentation was made by Maj. W.C. Werts, officer in charge of the public buildings and grounds. ...


Where can I get a sweet outfit like that? Honestly, that swimsuit is more revealing than today's Speedos.

First place

Goes to Mark in the most-revealing-swimsuit competition. But what was HER trophy for?


Mark looks like an ancestral David Gregory.

Throw the man a towel!

From the looks of it, the water must not have been very cold.

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