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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • RAINIER NATIONAL PARK: c. 1920s

Goodyear Girls: 1932

Goodyear Girls: 1932

"Goodyear Girls bathing beauties in San Francisco -- September 14, 1932." Spreading the gospel of Proper Inflation. 8x10 nitrate negative. View full size.

 

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How times change

Just think - 20 years before this shot was taken, every one of these girls would probably have been arrested for public indecency for wearing such revealing clothes.

Deutschland Uber Alice

Folk motifs from any continent could have inspired the frieze above our girls. But those swastikas really jump out at me. Weird, now, to find them so prevalent, so innocent, in pre-1933 materials. They are on some lovely old buildings in my downtown.

Hands placed for modesty

Well, that would be my guess because it's a rather limp pose that Miss Exposed Midriff is maintaining.

Striking a balance

Just noticing that the only girl who hasn't bobbed her hair is also wearing the most daring swimsuit.

Great Goodyear tires

will help you negotiate any curves!

Eye jobs

Creepy. I guess it was either a long exposure where a couple of the girls blinked or they retouched the photos with some new eyes. Perhaps they looked too "tired."

Moonlighting?

I'd swear the gal on the lower left is from the Shorpy office Christmas photo. Hmm, maybe she's a Goodyear Girl in her *spare* time.

Lost

The middle one in the front row looks like she wandered in from one of those Arnold Genthe shots of dancers in diaphanous robes cavorting outdoors under the blossoms.

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