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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Bathing Beauty Pirates: 1924

Bathing Beauty Pirates: 1924

Jewell Pathe's Bathing Beauty Pirates capture Vitagraph Ships for "Captain Blood" in Balboa Beach, California, June 15, 1924. Photograph by M.F. Weaver. View full size

Iola again?

Isn't that Iola Swinnerton, of Washington, D.C. bathing contest fame, eleventh from the right? Her bathing costume is much, much nicer and more stylish. I wonder who put up the money for the train trip across the country?

Kids

Kids often served as cute "mascots" for these beauty contests.

Kids

I wonder who the two kids in the middle are. One of them appears to be a ten or eleven year old girl, and the other a four or five year old boy.

 
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