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Beach Policeman: 1922
... of Officer Norton putting tape to thigh! "June 30, 1922. Washington policeman Bill Norton measuring the distance between knee and suit at the Tidal Basin bathing beach after Col. Sherrill, Superintendent of Public Buildings and ... 
 
Posted by Ken - 07/18/2012 - 11:30am -

Beach Policeman: 1922

Bathing Girls: 1922
"Lansburgh Bathing Girls, 1922." Avert your eyes, gentlemen -- the leftmost lady's knees are showing. ... out of the picture. No gal could get past those "bathing suits" There's a pretty face or two in this picture but the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/18/2012 - 12:37am -

Bathing Girls: 1922

Beauty Prize Winners: 1922
Four prize winners in the 1922 beauty show at Washington Bathing Beach, Washington, D.C. Left to right: Gay Gatley, Eva Fridell, Anna ... . .! where? I'm curious as to where this DC Bathing Beach was. I'm sure the water back in '22 was a heck of a lot cleaner ... 
 
Posted by Ken - 01/29/2014 - 10:59pm -

Beauty Prize Winners: 1922

Our Lady of Lourdes School
... John (born 1918) Theresa (born 1920) Vincent (born 1922) Veronica (born 1925) My mom had such fond memories of her time ... Such fond memories of long ago, especially the itchy bathing suits. In the 1920s and up to the early 1940s, when on or near the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/08/2011 - 9:17pm -

Our Lady of Lourdes School

Dirty Girls: 1922
Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Potomac bathing beach." Our second glimpse of these sandy lasses . ... the actor, Mark Wahlberg ( I wonder if he has any old-tyme bathing beauties in his family tree) The lighter haired beauty The girl ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/05/2012 - 6:59pm -

Dirty Girls: 1922

Bathing Costume Contest: 1921
June 25, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Bathing Costume Contest." Note Felix/Krazy Kat doll. National Photo Company ... to me like one of the winners in the photo "Iola and Anna: 1922". What do you think? http://www.shorpy.com/node/2470?size=_original ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/05/2012 - 8:01pm -

Bathing Costume Contest: 1921

Bathing in the Casino: 1889
Circa 1889. "Bathing pool in the Casino. (Probably the Ponce de Leon Hotel, St. Augustine, ... its left served as the "unoffical flag of Ireland" until 1922. [You are so very close to the forest. With various inconsequential ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/26/2012 - 6:53pm -

Bathing in the Casino: 1889

The Girls of Summer: 1922
Washington, D.C., 1922. "Potomac bathing beach." View full size. National Photo Company ... as Potomac Flats, should become a public park. ... the bathing beach adjacent to the future memorial site became popular. Swimming in ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/05/2012 - 7:01pm -

The Girls of Summer: 1922

Marvel Rea: 1919
... Rea, one of film producer Mack Sennett's well-rounded "bathing girls," in somewhat moldy National Photo glass negative. From a series ... eventful, according to the divorce petition she filed in 1922, which accused him of standing her on her head two weeks after the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/05/2009 - 6:09am -

Marvel Rea: 1919

Bathing Is Compulsory: 1922
1922. Washington, D.C. "Women's Bureau." The House of Detention display at the ... Detention Home seen here on Shorpy as it appeared in 1922. Located in the infamous "Hooker's Division" neighborhood south of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 11/02/2012 - 6:52am -

Bathing Is Compulsory: 1922

American Girl: 1922
Washington, D.C. "Kay Laurell, 1922." The star of stage and screen, Kay (reclining) was "an American girl who ... Playing at the Belasco Washington Post, Jul 6, 1922 Coming to the Theaters Belasco The Belasco ... oar guitar Va va voom A boat full of women in bathing suits. What could be better? Kay in a Nutshell Typical show-biz ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/04/2012 - 6:56pm -

American Girl: 1922

Iola and Anna: 1922
June 17, 1922. Iola Swinnerton and Anna Neibel, winners of a beauty contest at Washington's Tidal Bathing Beach. Miss Swinnerton resides at 3125 Mount Pleasant Street NW. View ... on her figure when it is covered up by that horrible bathing suit. She could have had a 24 inch waist under it, for all we know! I ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/25/2012 - 5:05pm -

Iola and Anna: 1922

Possibly Naked: 1922
July 28, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Unclothed woman behind '?' sign." That pretty well sums ... Amidst the hype, I bet a can of snuff she is wearing a bathing suit behind the question mark. ! Somewhere there's an unclothed ... been completely concealed by the sign? Certainly not a bathing suit of the period. [Below, also from 1922 . Maybe she's ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/03/2012 - 10:06pm -

Possibly Naked: 1922

Snow Bird: 1922
February 1922. "Woman on sled being pulled by biplane in snow, with Washington Monument ... I'll bet she didn't spend a whole lot of time in just the bathing suit! It is fortunate, however, that it was 1922 and not 50+ years later! Jenny That's a Jenny (JN4D). It's ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/13/2014 - 3:46pm -

Snow Bird: 1922

The Fab Five: 1922
"Lansburgh bathing girls" in 1922 near Washington, D.C. Girl on the right: Iola Swinnerton. View full ... girl second from the right... She is in a number of these 'bathing beauty' pics, too, and always right next to Iola. They must have been ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/29/2012 - 10:51pm -

The Fab Five: 1922

Sweet Seventeen: 1922
... "Washington Tidal Basin Beauty Contest -- August 5, 1922." Seventeen-year-old Eva Fridell, last seen here and here , takes ... here. Here is what he said: "Eva Fridell, the bathing beauty and not the one that lived in Washington State and died at the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/25/2012 - 5:12pm -

Sweet Seventeen: 1922

Beauty Contest: 1922
... "Washington Tidal Basin Beauty Contest -- August 5, 1922." Misses Eva Fridell, 17, and Anna Niebel. National Photo Company glass ... Political Power It is amazing how quickly women's bathing attire became so much smaller after they got the vote. Our beauty ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/05/2012 - 1:11am -

Beauty Contest: 1922

Style Show: 1922
June 17, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Group winners at Tidal Basin bathing beach." On the right we have eternal Shorpy sweetheart Iola Swinnerton; ... pressure imposed by short skirts. Iola's bathing suit I agree with Vintage TV. I think Iola's bathing suit is ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/27/2012 - 2:20pm -

Style Show: 1922

Made It Myself: 1922
June 17, 1922. "Washington Advertising Club bathing costume contest at Tidal Basin." Our ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 01/29/2014 - 11:17pm -

Made It Myself: 1922

Best Swimsuit: 1922
June 17, 1922. "Washington Ad Club bathing costume contest at Tidal Basin." Miss Anna ... I'm so excited to see a new picture from the Potomac bathing suit contests! It's always nice to see Iola, even blurry, although I ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/17/2013 - 6:01pm -

Best Swimsuit: 1922

Another "Bathing Beauties" Image!
... I can only imagine how itchy and hot their wool bathing suits were to wear on the sunny beach at Atlantic City. Note: I ... recall what they were called - "jitneys" I think) in the 1922 photo were still in use into the 1960s, I remember seeing them as a child. ... 
 
Posted by dougramsey - 07/09/2007 - 5:32am -

Another "Bathing Beauties" Image!

Best Swimsuit (Colorized): 1922
... from this Shorpy original. It looks to me like those bathing suits would have been prone to wardrobe malfunctions. View full size. ... 
 
Posted by motobean - 01/10/2014 - 11:19pm -

Best Swimsuit (Colorized): 1922

Miss Washington: 1922
1922. "Miss Washington in bathing suit." Concealed yet revealed, Evelyn Lewis ... out that this young lass is keeping abreast of jazz age bathing fashions. Thanks, commenters You've raised a couple of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/30/2013 - 1:01pm -

Miss Washington: 1922

When We Were Young: 1922
The Potomac bathing beach with a view of the Washington Monument circa 1922. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size. ... right I'd guess they had no concept of the two piece bathing suit. At first I thought the guy was joking but looking at the image ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/22/2012 - 12:37am -

When We Were Young: 1922

Toes Tenderly Treated: 1922
August 16, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Toe Doctor." Once your tootsies are taken care of, ... near the water anyway -- is it even possible to splash a bathing companion in a way other than in good fun? Mop top Whoa! At ... sunny afternoon. Hot Guys Those two lads under the Bathing Girls sign are HOT HOT HOT! Do-rag The guy with the bandanna ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/25/2012 - 5:08pm -

Toes Tenderly Treated: 1922

Hanging Out: 1922
July 1922. Washington, D.C. "Kallipolis Grotto, Potomac bathing beach." The Grotto being one of Washington's many Masonic lodges. A big ... Grotto day will be observed tomorrow at the Tidal basin bathing beach. M.W. Pickering, monarch of the Kallipolis Grotto; Edward ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/05/2012 - 7:03pm -

Hanging Out: 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. First ... swimming series was brought to a close at the Tidal basin bathing beach yesterday with the crowning of Miss Florence Skadding and Mark ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/13/2011 - 6:44pm -

Tidalists: 1922

Sand Dancers: 1922
July 6, 1922. "People dancing on beach." Pavilion at the Potomac bathing beach in Washington. View full size. National Photo Company ... on the left side of the photo (note the logo on the bathing suit). [Same guy, but the swimsuits are different. - Dave] ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/11/2011 - 12:49pm -

Sand Dancers: 1922

Social Hygiene: 1922
Washington, D.C., 1922. "Social Hygiene Society exhibit." The Women's Bureau photos in our two ... the facts about them inside. House of Detention Bathing is compulsory! Click to embiggen. That ... Hygiene to Be Explained Washington Post, Jan 5, 1922 Hygiene To Be Explained Separate Hours for Men and Women ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/14/2011 - 1:15am -

Social Hygiene: 1922

Exhibit X: 1922
Washington, D.C., 1922. "Social Hygiene Society exhibit." A peek inside reveals the ... of it, I'm rather bemused at how the exhibits implied that bathing and kitchen sanitation have anything to do with reducing the spread of ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/14/2011 - 1:18am -

Exhibit X: 1922
 
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