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July 26, 1919. Washington, D.C. Swimsuit "bathing beach parade" at the Tidal Basin.

Louis Réard, the inventor of bikini, with a model in 1946. The idea of a suit “smaller than the world’s smallest bathing suit” struck him when he saw women rolling up their beachwear to get a better tan. He named his creation bikini after the Bikini Atoll, which was the site of nuclear weapon tests. Words like “atomic” were beginning to be used by the media to describe something sensational and indeed, the shock the bikini would eventually cause would equal that of the bomb.

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Bathing Beauty Flapper Girls 1921 Redondo Beach CA photo poster panorama

Bathing Beauty Flapper Girls 1921

Washington, D.C., 1916. "Convention of former slaves. Annie Parram, age 104; Anna Angales, age 105; Elizabeth Berkeley, 125; Sadie Thompson, 110." National Photo Company Collection

In 1921, early suffragettes often donned a bathing suit and ate pizza in large groups to annoy men...it was a custom at the time...

New York City circa 1900. "Jewish market on the East Side." (amazing close up)

Wife of the Chinese Ambassador to the US, 1895. Inscribed on back “To Miss May H. Morgan, from her friend Mrs. Yang. Washington May 28th 1895”. Photo by C.W. Bell

June 30, 1922. Washington policeman measuring the distance between knee and suit at the Tidal Basin bathing beach. Swimsuits were not to be over 6 inches above the knee!

Four prize winners in the 1922 beauty show at Washington Bathing Beach, Washington, D.C. Left to right: Gay Gatley, Eva Fridell, Anna Neibel, Iola Swinnerton.

May 1936. "Kitchen of Ozarks cabin purchased for Lake of the Ozarks project. Missouri." Photo by Carl Mydans, Resettlement Administration.

July 1939. Gordonton, N.C. "Country store on dirt road. Sunday afternoon. Note kerosene pump on the right and the gasoline pump on the left. Rough, unfinished timber posts have been used as supports for porch roof. Negro men sitting on the porch. Brother of store owner stands in doorway." 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

This photo of John Smith (Ka-Be-Nah-Gwey-Wence), a Chippewa Indian from Cass Lake, Minnesota, was taken when he was supposedly at 129 years old.