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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Maud: 1920

Maud: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Maud Miller, Potomac bathing beach." The Shorpy Summertime Parade of Moldy Hotties continues. National Photo. View full size.

 

And then there's Maude

Lady Godiva was a freedom rider
She didn't care if the whole world looked.
Joan of Arc with the Lord to guide her
She was a sister who really cooked.

Isadora was the first bra burner
And you're glad she showed up. (Oh yeah)
And when the country was falling apart
Betsy Ross got it all sewed up.

And then there's Maude!

What dimples!

And i'm speaking of the ones on her knees! I don't think there was ever a straighter pair!

Tramp!

Well, maybe for that era.

SU

What do you reckon SU stands for? Stanford University? Syracuse University?

Old suits

It's hard to imagine bathing suits before synthetic fabrics. Anyone know what these bathing costumes were made of? From the pics, it looks like some kind of terrycloth cotton. I imagine that would be pretty heavy and uncomfortable when wet.

[Most swimsuits of the era were wool. - Dave]

Weird word

Hey guys, not for nothing, but the word is "ogle", not "oogle"....I do think "oogle" sounds better, though.

Hipsters

...even around in 1920 (guy with 'stache behind on the left).

oogling, googled

Every Saturday night

Judging by the way all those fellas in the background are oogling that lovely (for 1920) lass, she had a date for every Saturday night until about 1925.

[Oogled and aannoyed. - Dave]

She's a Beaut!

Look at those dimples! I love the guys in the background checking her out!

 
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