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Modern Venus of 1947, Coney Island

In the prosperity that followed World War II in America, families found themselves with more money to spend. Coney experienced a brief moment of renewal, with record crowds in the summer seasons of the late 1940s. This beauty-pageant contestant was photographed at the Parachute Jump, a ride from the 1939 New York World’s Fair that the Tilyou family bought for Steeplechase in 1941. Beauty contests had been held at Coney for some time, with annual Venus contests at Steeplechase by the 1920s.
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
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
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CAPTION 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
IMAGE overall, X894.18_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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