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Photo of the Week - August 10, 2012
This week's photograph, published in 1919, captures a happy group in striped swimwear at Deauville, the famous seaside resort of Normandy. Sometimes called the Parisian Riviera for it's proximity to the capital, Deauville has been the summer home for high society including Yves Saint Laurent and Lady O'Reilly. Originally a small fishing village, Deauville was transformed into a "town of pleasure" in the 1860s, when the Duc de Morny bought up deserted marsh land and dunes and his half brother, Napoleon III, made visits which in turn made the area a fashionable destination. Over the years, the resort town has grown to include a racecourse, international film festival, luxurious hotels, and a Grand Casino.
This work (Baigneuses, scènes de plage à Deauville), via Gallica.bnf.fr) is free of known copyright restrictions.
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