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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 • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Pretty Girls

They Are Blind to My Beauty: 1920

They Are Blind to My Beauty: 1920

Bathing beach beauty contest, 1920. Elizabeth Margaret Williams and Elizabeth Roache. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Bathing Girl Parade: 1920

Bathing Girl Parade: 1920


Annual "Bathing Girl Parade," Balboa Island at Newport Beach, California. June 20, 1920. Panoramic photo by Miles Weaver. View full size.

 

Bathing Beauties 1928

Bathing Beauties 1928

Third International Pageant of Pulchritude and Ninth Annual Bathing Girl Revue, June 1928. Galveston, Texas. View full size.

 

3rd Int'l Pageant of Pulchritude

3rd Int'l Pageant of Pulchritude

Third International Pageant of Pulchritude and Ninth Annual Bathing Girl Revue, June 1928. Galveston, Texas. View full size.

 

Inter-City Beauties: 1927

Inter-City Beauties: 1927

Contestants at Atlantic City Pageant. View full size.

Annette Del Sur: 1942

Annette Del Sur: 1942

October 1942. "Salvage queen Annette del Sur, an office employee at Douglas Aircraft, Long Beach, California, with aluminum scraps collected at the plant." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 
 
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