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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Pretty Girls

Long Goodie: 1925

Long Goodie: 1925

April 14, 1925. "Margaret Gorman with 'Long Goodie.' " Margaret, the Girl With the Crocodile Car, was the first-ever Miss America. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

The Girl With the Crocodile Car

The Girl With the Crocodile Car

1921. "Margaret Gorman in Birmingham car." Whose reptilian body has an alligator finish. In 1921 Margaret was both the first Miss Washington, D.C., and the first Miss America. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

Lust Girl: 1919

Lust Girl: 1919

"Sidney Lust girl, 1919 or 1920." Our survey of the Washington, D.C., theatrical scene continues with another of cinema owner Sidney Lust's chorus girls. National Photo Company Collection glass negative stereograph. View full size.

 

Lust Girls: 1919

Lust Girls: 1919

Washington, D.C., 1919. "Sidney Lust girls." Chorus girls at Sidney Lust's Leader Theater. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Redwood High: 1958

Redwood High: 1958

1958. My dog Missie catches the eye of a passing cheerleader at Redwood High School in Larkspur, California, the year it opened. Notable alumni in addition to your humble correspondent (Class of '64) include Robin Williams and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. My brother's Ektachrome slide. View full size.

A Chorus Line: 1925

A Chorus Line: 1925

November 24, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Uncle Sam's Follies." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Iced Tee: 1926

Iced Tee: 1926

July 9, 1926. "Golf and bathing suits." For the first day of summer, we revisit the lovely ladies seen here a few days ago strumming ukuleles. Now they're on the links with an early air-conditioned golf cart. View full size. National Photo Co.

 
 
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