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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 • CANADA FOR FISHING

Pretty Girls

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.

 

California Cuties: 1925

California Cuties: 1925

The West Coast has the sunshine
And the girls all get so tanned ...

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

 

Loving Cup Lovelies: 1921

Loving Cup Lovelies: 1921

Lansburgh Girls Win Style Prize

Five Models Gain Cup at
Tidal Bathing Beach Costume Show.

        With five models displaying the most modern bathing costumes, Lansburgh & Brother won the prize cup at the first annual style show, held yesterday afternoon at the Tidal bathing beach. The models who represented Lansburgh's -- all local girls -- were Mary Lee, Iola Swinnerton, Thelma Spencer, Hattie Spencer and Julia Cunningham. The suits which they wore were special importations, brought to Washington for exhibition at this show ...

-- Washington Post, 6/26/1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Bathing Beach costume contest." At left we have Iola Swinnerton, First Lady of Shorpy in perpetuum; the others are plebeian ciphers spared total invisibility only by the grace of her luminous beauty. View full size.

 
 
SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE
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