The Annual Washington Bathing Beach Beauty Show

The photo is from the 1922 annual beauty show held at the Washington Bathing Beach, and these four were the prize winners. The women, in order, are Gay Gatley, Eva Fridell, Anna Neibel and Iola Swinnerton. Based on trophy size, it seems that Eva came in first and Gay came in second. Anne was first in the costume category with Iola coming in second.

Four prize winners in annual beauty show, Washington Bathing Beach (1922)
Four prize winners in annual beauty show, Washington Bathing Beach (1922)

The bathing beach was near the tidal basin and was a popular place for Washingtonians to cool off in the summer months — I wouldn’t set foot in that water today. Check out the photo below of all the contestants in the August competition.

Contestants at the annual beauty competition
Contestants at the annual beauty competition

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Washington Bathing Beach in 1919
Washington Bathing Beach in 1919

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Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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