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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Holey Water: 1940

Holey Water: 1940

British Mandate Palestine circa 1940. "Solomon's Pools becomes a picnic & swimming resort. Taking a dive into the deep water of the upper pool." Another glimpse of the young lady seen here sans moth holes. Nitrate negative by the American Colony Photo Department/Matson Photo Service. View full size.

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Seriously, what is the big deal?

Everyone gets freaked out by female body hair. Get over yourselves.

I think she is posing

for the Jantzen swimsuit ad, sort of.

The Geek Squad

That's probably the closest those three mugs have ever been to a woman -- a little hair isn't going to bother them!

Sterner stuff

Odd to see a luxuriantly-unshaven young woman. Odder still that the guys aren't recoiling in horror.

Men were men in those days, boys. Make a note of it.

Here is the back door of the casino

Lady Bic

I realize it's a cultural thing, but I just can't get past it. I'll take my American girls every time.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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