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.
Gelatin silver photograph
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)
Inscribed in graphite "Modern 1947 Coney Island" verso
Brooklyn Museum Collection
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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)
overall, X894.18_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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