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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Pretty Girls

Comedy of Motors: 1925

Comedy of Motors: 1925

San Francisco circa 1925. "Cunningham auto and chorus girls." A little of everything going on here -- vaudeville, car trouble, assault! 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Custom Chassis: 1923

Custom Chassis: 1923

        What with one 1920s car looking pretty much like the next, the enterprising automotive photographer had to juice things up as best he could. Here, for instance, we have the rake of sunlight and mysterious background obelisk as points of interest, sparking an artsy three-quarters view. Oh, and big headlights.

The Bay Area in 1923. "Peerless touring car." Fully equipped with two spares. 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Betty Bared: 1930

Betty Bared: 1930

New York, 1930. "Margolies, Betty, Miss, profile view." Somewhere in Lower Manhattan: her neckline. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Bathing Beauty Parade: 1927

Bathing Beauty Parade: 1927

"Long Beach, California, Bathing Beauty Parade -- 1927." Panorama by Weaver, Los Angeles, rearranged into two tiers of Jazz Age pulchritude. View full size.

 

Glamour Shot: 1947

Glamour Shot: 1947

New York, 1947. "Showgirls get the needle. Dancers from Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe nightclub being vaccinated by Dr. Jack Weinstock." New York World-Telegram and Sun Newspaper Photo Collection. View full size.

 

Swimsuit Audition: 1930

Swimsuit Audition: 1930

Washington, D.C., circa 1930. "Gibbs, Mrs. Malcolm." Maude Foote Gibbs, fiftyish wife of the People's Drug Store founder, modeling a very distant ancestor of the polka-dot bikini. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Pinned: 1943

Pinned: 1943

March 1943. "Conductor G. Reynolds, checking his waybills in a caboose of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Argentine and Emporia, Kansas." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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