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Vintage photos of:
Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Tidal Basin bathing girls." As a hatchling growing up in South Florida, one of my first wildlife safety lessons was: Do not let the bathing-girl put her hand in your mouth. Because you never know where it's been. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.
1952. "Lucille Ball and daughter Lucie Arnaz nestling together at home." Happy Mother's Day from Shorpy! Color transparency by Charlotte Brooks for the article "The Real Lucy" in Look magazine. View full size.