On Vacation With Joan Smith in 1941

These black and white photographs of a pretty young model named Joan Smith, blonde, blue-eyed and 21, who was taking her vacation at Truro, on Cape Cod, when LIFE’s photographer David Scherman arrived on a similar mission.

Before long, however, some inner compulsion prevailed upon them both to ply the tools of their trade. They spent an afternoon and evening informally shooting what turned out to be these excellent parodies of photographic poses standardized by certain U.S.publications.

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