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July 23, 2017

27 Gorgeous Color Photographs Capture Sunbathing Beauties of Chicago During the 1940s

Charles Cushman was an obsessive and meticulous amateur photographer who spent his lifetime diligently documenting the world around him. His collection of 14,400 color Kodachrome slides, shot from September 3, 1938 to April 20, 1969, was left to the University of Indiana, where it was painstakingly archived.

These gorgeous color photographs of sunbathing beauties were taken by Cushman at Hyde Park's Promontory Point, from 1941–1949. He often pointed his camera at Chicago, photographing everything from steel mills to museums, but with summer upon us we were seduced by his collection of sunbathers.


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