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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Pretty Girls

Hollywood's Loss: 1942

Hollywood's Loss: 1942

June 1942. Lockheed Vega aircraft plant at Burbank, California. "Hollywood missed a good bet when they overlooked this attractive aircraft worker, who is shown checking electrical sub-assemblies." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by David Bransby for the Office of War Information.

 

Fair Beauty: 1940

Fair Beauty: 1940

October 1940. "Winner at the Delta County Fair" in Colorado. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Reaper

The Reaper

A young woman models in a studio for photographer Fitz W. Guerin. No date is recorded with the photo, but it was probably taken around 1902. View full size.

Rakish: c. 1902

Rakish: c. 1902

A young woman models in a studio for photographer Fitz Guerin, c. 1902. View full size.

Mermaid Club: 1920

Mermaid Club: 1920

"Mermaid Club, Philadelphia." Members in bathing suits circa 1920. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

The Fab Five: 1922

The Fab Five: 1922

"Lansburgh bathing girls" in 1922 near Washington, D.C. Girl on the right: Iola Swinnerton. View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company.

 

Shallow End: 1923

Shallow End: 1923

1923. Swimmers at the Wardman Park Hotel pool in Washington, D.C. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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