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The Latest Thing: 1919

The Latest Thing: 1919

July 26, 1919. Washington, D.C. "Bathing beach parade." View full size. National Photo Company. Vertical stripes -- so flattering to a girl's figure.


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Dot from Bathing Beach Parade

This is Dot Buckley, also seen here:

Here is a quote from the newspaper article posted with the first of those photos:

"Following the parade of the score or more of the beauties between the cheering crowds of bathing beach fans, the former faced half a dozen movie machines and a battery of press cameras. Later one of the winners obligingly did a modified "shimmy dance" for the movie men. "

This must have been the finale of the "shimmy dance"! I'd sure love to see the film from the "movie machines", but it is exciting just to see this! Dot looks younger in this than in the other photos of her, and cuter, too. Maybe because the sun was right in her face in the others?

Focal plane

To my eye, the focal plane in this photo is not parallel to the lens. It is at an angle, farther back to the left bottom and closer on the right top. This suggests that the picture was taken with a camera that had bellows (perhaps a "field camera," see for examples).

[Any of the view cameras used back then would have had an adjustable focal plane. - Dave]

Stars and Stripes

Well, a cute young girl and maybe the start of the hula-hoop.

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