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Muscle Beach competition
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Los Angeles Herald Examiner Photo Collection
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Used in the Exhibit: Play by Play - A Century of L.A. Sports Photography, 1899-1989.
The original Muscle Beach was located south of the Santa Monica pier, at a long, wooden platform constructed by the Works Progress Administration. There, the body was celebrated in its sunbaked glory as young men (and more than a few women) showed off their physical prowess by performing acrobatic and gymnastic routines. The original Muscle Beach disappeared in the late 1950s; the modern-day version is now located in Venice Beach. July 5, 1948.
1 photographic print :b&w
Photographic prints
Herald Examiner Collection
HE box 372
Beaches--California--Santa Monica
Bodybuilders--California--Santa Monica
Bodybuilding--California--Santa Monica
Spectators--California--Santa Monica
Santa Monica (Calif.)
Muscle Beach (Calif.)
Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express photographs
Herald-Examiner Collection photographs

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