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Modern Venus of 1947, Coney Island



In this photograph, Chris Holley, winner of the twenty-seventh annual Modern Venus beauty contest, waves to the crowds from the Parachute Jump, a ride that debuted at the 1939 New York World’s Fair before being moved to Steeplechase Park in 1941. Based on a design patented by a retired Naval commander to train paratroopers, the Parachute Jump was a symbol of war that became a popular amusement ride, particularly with men who had served in World War II.
ARTIST Unknown
MEDIUM Gelatin silver print
DATES 1947
DIMENSIONS image: 10 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. (27.3 x 35.2 cm) sheet: 10 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. (27.3 x 35.2 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed in graphite "Modern 1947 Coney Island" verso
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Unknown. Modern Venus of 1947, Coney Island, 1947. Gelatin silver print, image: 10 3/4 x 13 7/8 in. (27.3 x 35.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X894.18 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, X894.18_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, X894.18_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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