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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 • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

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Bathing Beauty Pirates: 1924

Bathing Beauty Pirates: 1924

Jewell Pathe's Bathing Beauty Pirates capture Vitagraph Ships for "Captain Blood" in Balboa Beach, California, June 15, 1924. Photograph by M.F. Weaver. View full size

Pirates: 1924

Pirates: 1924

Jewell Pathe's Bathing Beauty Pirates capture Vitagraph Ships for "Captain Blood" in Balboa Beach, California, June 15, 1924. Photograph by M.F. Weaver. View full size

Church Ladies: 1941

Church Ladies: 1941

Easter Sunday, April 1941. Waiting for the processional at an Episcopal church in South Side Chicago. View full size. Photograph by Russell Lee.

 

Hood Ornament: 1948

Hood Ornament: 1948

April 7, 1948: "Woman with chest & stomach on mat, head up and hands behind her back holding her feet." View full size. New York World-Telegram & Sun photo by Phyllis Twatchman. (Looks like a cross between Madonna and Marilyn.)

 

Bathing Costume Contest: 1921

Bathing Costume Contest: 1921

June 25, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Bathing Costume Contest." Note Felix/Krazy Kat doll. National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Loaded Legs: 1922

Loaded Legs: 1922

" 'Safety first' is the motto of Miss Mary Jayne of Keith's circuit. Mary Jayne, seated in rocking chair with pistol strapped to her knee, claiming exemption from concealed weapon regulation by saying her thirty-two isn't a concealed weapon in these days of knee-length skirts." National Photo Company Collection, February 14, 1922. View full size. The Keith Circuit was a chain of vaudeville theaters that eventually transitioned to motion pictures.

 

Bathing Beauty: 1910

Bathing Beauty: 1910

Woman in bathing suit lying on a unknown beach, sometime between 1910 and 1920. View full size.

 
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