The Venice Museum and Archives spring exhibition, Making Waves: Venice Area Beaches Then and Now, featured evocative images from different eras, but this 1927 photograph was definitely a showstopper. Bea Brown, wearing the day’s fashionable bathing attire, poses atop a manta ray on Venice Beach for a photo taken by her father, J.E. Brown, who happened to be the official photographer for the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, early developers in Venice.

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