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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • HALL OF SCIENCE, 1934 WORLD'S FAIR

Pretty Girls

Pier Pressure: 1905

Pier Pressure: 1905

Atlantic City circa 1905. "Come on in, the water's fine." 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Sun Fun: 1953

Sun Fun: 1953

June 1953. "Activities at the Sun Fun Festival, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Mickey Spillane, one of the beauty pageant judges, on the beach with a woman." From photos by Jim Hansen for the Look magazine assignment "Behind the Scenes -- Beauty and the Beach." View full size.

 

Daily Fiber: 1942

Daily Fiber: 1942

September 1942. "Substitute materials -- something new in apple containers. To replace nail-bound wooden boxes, a fiber carton has been developed." An innovation known today as the cardboard box. Medium format nitrate negative by William Perlitch for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Paper Dolls: 1918

Paper Dolls: 1918

April 1918. "Five Mack Sennett girls provocatively posed amid serpentine confetti." Winners of the Shoscar® for Best Costume! Photo by Evans, L.A. View full size.

 

Shiny Stockings: 1928

Shiny Stockings: 1928

San Francisco, 1928. "Graham-Paige at Golden Gate Park." Especially well equipped with fender-mounted spares. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Best in Show: 1922

Best in Show: 1922

"Washington Tidal Basin Bathing Beach Beauty Contest -- August 5, 1922." First-prize winner Eva Fridell, who is either 17 or 111 years old, depending on your frame of reference. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Back Story: 1925

Back Story: 1925

        UPDATE: Shorpy member Ben Roundabloc reveals our inscribed ingenue to be the actress Dorothy Appleby, who featured in the theatrical revue "Puzzles of 1925."

January 1925. Washington, D.C. "Man painting woman's back" is all it says here. Who can help fill in the blanks? Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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