The Coney Island Polar Bear Club, the earliest organization of its kind, was founded in 1903 by Bernarr Macfadden, known as the “Father of Physical Culture.” An early advocate for outdoor exercise, Macfadden believed that taking a dip in the ocean during the winter could restore one’s immunity and stamina. Here, members of the Polar Bear Club pose on the beach on a snowy winter day.
Gelatin silver photograph
Image: 9 x 9 in. (22.9 x 22.9 cm)
Sheet: 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm) (show scale)
Signed in graphite on verso "Salmieri"
Titled in graphite on verso "1973 Coney Island"
Gift of Edward Klein
This item is not on view
Stephen Salmieri (American, born 1945). Coney Island, 1973. Gelatin silver photograph, Image: 9 x 9 in. (22.9 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Edward Klein, 82.201.35. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 82.201.35_PS2.jpg)
overall, 82.201.35_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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