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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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Jammin': 1919

Jammin': 1919

1919. Washington, D.C. "Beauty contests at Tidal Basin." Stand back, fellows, and give the ladies some room! Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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Apart from the several movie cameras in evidence, there is one (that I can see) collapsible-bellows camera. It is being carried by the man facing us, with what appears to be 'US' embroidered on the front of his swimwear.

My mother owned a similar type of camera back in the 1930's/1940's, which gave sterling service well into the late 1950's, until the corners on the bellows started to fray and let the light in.

1, 2, 3

I look at this photo and think immediately of three things: hot chicks, tuberculosis and polio. Thankfully, in that order.

Where are the tattoos?

Apparently in that age, ink belonged in the pen, in the inkwell or on paper.

Looks familiar

Saw this scene on "MTV Beach Party" a few weeks ago. The bathing costumes were different, of course.

Autre temps, autre mores


Instead of local TV coverage of a later era, it looks like four Biograph movie cameras there on the left. Film at eleven, at the Orpheum.


This picture has every face and darn near the poses of Rennaisance Art!
Ah, the beauty of Humanity. And Photography.

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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