Water Wench Wednesday

by monkeyfist


1950’s postcard via mudwerks


Gloria Saunders 1945 via vintageladies


Jungle Vargas Girl by Alberto Vargas via vintagegal


On the Banks of the Rhine – Jennifer Nehrbassvia mudwerks


Maxine Gadd – “Sea Tangle” via The Australian Fantasy Archivevia sisterwolf


Erte – via hoodoothatvoodoo


Source: thewitchhunt via grottu


Illustrated front cover from The Queenslander, April 16, 1936:
State Library of Queensland, Australia
via mudwerks


Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid c. 1950’s via vintagegal




Andre De Dienes via hoodoothatvoodoo

Andre de Dienes was born in Transylvania, Romania in 1913, he left home at fifteen and travleled through Europe, before ending up in Tunisia, where he worked odd jobs, learned to paint, and bought his first camera. In 1933 de Dienes arrived in Paris. He made a living selling photographs to the communist newspaper La Humanite and the Associated Press until 1936, when the couturier Captain Molyneux encouraged him to become a fashion photographer.

He came to America in 1938 as a young photographer with the help of Esquire Magazine. In New York he worked as a fashion photographer while photographing Harlem street life. He traveled throughout the country, fascinated by the grandeur of the western landscape and the Native American people, documenting their rich culture.

imageIn 1944 he moved to California where he photographed nudes in an outdoor setting, often incorporating his pioneering techniques of photomontage. Fascinated by the body builders and sun worshipers who congregated on Muscle Beach, he captured their exhibitionism and innocence. To support himself he free-lanced for the studios and photographed Hollywood legends including Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Henry Fonda, Fred Astaire, Ingrid Bergman, Ronald Reagan, Jane Russell, and Anita Ekberg.

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Houston Hose Water: 1958; Shorpy Historical Photo Archive

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