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Modern Venus of 1947, Coney Island

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Photography

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 photograph
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
COLLECTIONS Photography
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER X894.18
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
RIGHTS STATEMENT Orphaned work
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CAPTION Unknown. Modern Venus of 1947, Coney Island, 1947. Gelatin silver photograph, 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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