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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Pretty Girls

Lana Lounging: 1951

Lana Lounging: 1951

1951. Santa Barbara, California. "Lana Turner by pool at the Coral Casino." Color transparency by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Made It Myself: 1922

Made It Myself: 1922

June 17, 1922. "Washington Advertising Club bathing costume contest at Tidal Basin." Our second look at the stylish entry of Miss Anna Niebel, the "former Follies girl" who took first place. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Red Marilyn: 1955

Red Marilyn: 1955

March 1955. "Women posed in fashions influenced by the Orient. Unpublished photograph shows Marilyn Monroe, wearing a black Chinese coat, posed with Pekingese dogs." Color transparency by Milton Greene for the Look magazine assignment "Translations From the Orient." View full size.

 

Ahoy, Matey: 1957

Ahoy, Matey: 1957

March 1957. "Women on board destroyer U.S.S. Maddox posing with sailors, modeling clothing with a nautical influence." Color transparency from photos by Christa for the Look magazine assignment "The Middy Look -- Summer Clothes Go Nautical." View full size.

 

Babe in the Wood: 1953

Babe in the Wood: 1953

Marilyn Monroe in 1953 in Banff, Alberta, visiting Canada to film River of No Return. Photo by John Vachon for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Best Swimsuit: 1922

Best Swimsuit: 1922

June 17, 1922. "Washington Ad Club bathing costume contest at Tidal Basin." Miss Anna Niebel, "former Follies girl who lives at 1370 Harvard street northwest," took first place. At right, the unmistakable if blurry figure of Iola Swinnerton, First Lady of Shorpy, who came in second. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Points of Interest: 1942

Points of Interest: 1942

Spring 1942. "Detroit. Fashion show presented by the Chrysler Girls' Club of the Chrysler Corp. at Saks Fifth Avenue store. Girl modeling a corselette." Photo by Arthur Siegel (of Card Game fame), Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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