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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE PORT OF NEW YORK, c 1878

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The Roofettes: 1923

The Roofettes: 1923

Washington, D.C., July 1923. "Sunshine Girls." Also known as the Tiller Girls, a dance troupe originated by the British musical-theater impresario John Tiller. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Iced Tee Time: 1926

Iced Tee Time: 1926

July 9, 1926. "Golf in bathing suits -- icing off at the tee. Miss Dorothy Kelly teeing off on a cake of ice. The others in the group are Misses Virginia Hunter, Elaine Griggs, Hazel Brown, and Mary Kaminsky of the Washington, D.C. area." Previously spied here and here, and in color here. View full size.

 

Bathing Beauties: 1919

Bathing Beauties: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Sennett girls." Producer Mack Sennett's comedy reels featured a bevy of "bathing beauties," among them Marvel Rea, seen here in the harlequin costume. National Photo Company. View full size.

 

Bathing Beach Parade: 1919

Bathing Beach Parade: 1919

Washington, D.C. July 26, 1919. "Bathing beach parade at Tidal Basin." Another glimpse of the swimsuit pageant chronicled in the comments under this post. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Down to the River: 1923

Down to the River: 1923

May 28, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Potomac Tidal Basin bathing beach." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Kodak Girl: 1909

The Kodak Girl: 1909

February 17, 1909. "No. 28 -- The Kodak Girl." View full size.

 

Queenie Ladovitch: 1920

Queenie Ladovitch: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Queenie Ladovitch." Possibly the daughter of Ernest (Ernst) Vladimir Ladovitch, president of the Washington Conservatory of Music. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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