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  • Kathy Lockie

    Bathing Beauty Queens, 1922.

  • Karla Wiley

    Beach beauty pageant, Atlantic City, 1921 This is my kinda bathing suit!

  • Larissa Arantes

    vintage swim suits

  • Lara Harris

    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. (oh look. real women winning a real beauty show.. too bad 1922 was the last time THAT happened..)

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"miss washington in bathing suit" - 1922 - apparently rouging one's knees was a popular make up fad at the time. Very brave of her to be out in the cold in such thin clothing lol

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Washington Tidal Basin Beauty Contest, August 5, 1922

1922. I'm amazed they did not drown in these bathing suits.

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Washington Tidal Basin Beauty Contest, August 5, 1922.

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bathing beauties / I'm coming to a conclusion that since this short of a skirt was UNTHINKABLE and it was illegal. It would be considered Indecent. SO: the large nutty BOW on a woman's head, was part of the swim-wear & how you could KNOW she wasn't breaking a law ... Notice how Dance oriented the bathing costumes were, or black with nautical theme. Never a print. There still was a modesty of not drawing attention to yourself.