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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Pretty Girls

Galaxy of Beauty: 1919

Galaxy of Beauty: 1919

July 26, 1919. Washington, D.C. "Bathing beach parade at Tidal Basin." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

GALAXY OF BEAUTY PARADES AT BEACH

Comely Damsels in Scant Attire Win Prizes for Their Appearance.

        JULY 27 -- While more than 5,000 persons clambered to each other's shoulders and to roofs of nearby buildings to view the Annette Kellermanns at the first annual beach parade at the Tidal Basin yesterday afternoon, Mrs. Audrey O'Connor, 620 Maryland avenue southwest, was proclaimed by the judges as Washington's most beautiful girl in a bathing suit. Mrs. O'Connor wore a blue and orange jumper, blue cap and orange tights. Miss Dot Buckley, 1250 Tenth street northwest, received honorable mention in the contest. Her suit was a creation in red, white and blue.
        First prize in the costume contest was awarded Mrs. Grace Fleishman, 5 Iowa circle, who wore a white silk suit with black and white border and a white silk hat. Miss Muriel Gibbs, costumed as Miss Liberty in stars and stripes, received honorable mention. Silver loving cups were awarded to the winners of both the beauty and the costume contests.
        Following the parade of the score or more of beauties between cheering crowds of bathing beach fans, the former faced half a dozen movie machines and a battery of press cameras. Later one of the winners obligingly did a modified "shimmy dance" for the movie men.

 

Pencils Up: 1960

Pencils Up: 1960

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1960, and that's all we know. If you know these ladies, or are one of them yourself, speak up. 4x5 inch acetate negative. View full size.

Well Oiled: 1943

Well Oiled: 1943

June 1943. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "Miss Natalie O'Donald, service-station attendant at the Atlantic Refining Company garages." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

A Lawn, Alas: 1957

A Lawn, Alas: 1957

Los Angeles, 1957. "Trailer Life model." A model just waiting to get hitched? 5x7 acetate negative by Watson from the News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Spring Is Here: 1926

Spring Is Here: 1926

May 3, 1926. "Apple blossoms at Winchester, Virginia." Nature's palette bursting forth in a riotous rainbow of grays. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Balboa Bathing Parade: 1925

Balboa Bathing Parade: 1925

Newport Beach, California. "Balboa Bathing Parade, 1925." Three-panel gelatin silver print by Miles F. Weaver (1879-1932). View full panorama.

 

Just Add Ocean: 1921

Just Add Ocean: 1921

June 25, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Bathing beach costume contest." The ladies last glimpsed here, an array of lesser lights orbiting the transcendently beautiful Iola Swinnerton, second from left with the Krazy Kat doll. View full size.

 
 
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