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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 Unpublished photograph shows Marilyn Monroe, wearing a black Chinese coat, posed with Pekingese dogs."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.
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.
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.