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Vintage photos of:
New York City detective Mary Agnes Shanley pulls a pistol out of her handbag. Shanley shows what awaits a pickpocket. She had more than a thousand career arrests. From the New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, 1937. View full size.
A well-rounded young lady in dancing costume as photographed in the studio of Fitz Guerin in 1902, the year before his death. View full size.
A portrait of a young woman by Fritz W. Guerin, c. 1902. View full size.
A young woman poses as if she is about to dive from diving board. Photograph by Fritz W. Guerin, c. 1902. View full size.
A young woman reclines on a sofa holding a burning cigarette. Photo by Fritz W. Guerin, c. 1902. View full size.