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Queens of Comedy: 1919

Queens of Comedy: 1919

        All of Washington is looking forward to the arrival of the famous Mack Sennett girls, who are due to reach this city in the near future, and who are to appear every day on the stage at one of the local theaters in conjunction with the much-heralded feature photoproduction "Yankee Doodle in Berlin." -- News item (Washington Post)

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Mack Sennett girls." An assortment of the theatrical impresario's "bathing beauties," last seen here. National Photo Co. View full size.


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Original Bathing Girls in Person

Can't be sure, but (left to right) the girls on the film ad look a lot like girls 6, 5, and 3 (Marvel Rea) in the photo.

The girl with the paddle

could row my boat any day. I'll bet the other girls called her "Skinny".

Miss Direction

There must be three photographers trying to take their picture.

Nothing to reveal here.

Revealing attire was not restricted to the silent screen, as seen easily in this publicity photo. The "Hayes Code" moral guidelines put an end this from 1934, much to the disappointment of untold numbers of fans.

Timing is everything

I like the two overcoat-clad old gents pausing on their daily constitutional to take in all the glories of the Mack Sennett girls from afar.

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