Saturday, June 13, 2009

Swimsuit Edition - 74th Carnival of Genealogy - Bathing Beauties - Newdale? Manitoba Canada

This next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is:

Swimsuit Edition!

Why should Sports Illustrated have all the fun? This is your chance to show off the bathing beauties in your family. Pull out the old photos of Grandma Moses in her seaside bloomers, Auntie Mae in her pin-up girl suit from the 1940s or 50s, cousin Paula in her psychedelic bikini from the 1970s, or even yourself in your Speedo! Let's have some fun here!

When I saw the topic for this Carnival, I couldn't resist posting these two fun photographs. Sadly I must report that both are in my 'unidentified' box, although I've tentatively matched up two of the women with women in other photographs from Newdale, Manitoba, Canada. Of course, I do hope that someday I'll find someone with other copies of these with all the names written out!

These two images weren't developed the same way, however it looks to me as if the five women in the second photograph are also in the first one, and their swimsuits look the same - although that wouldn't mean both photographs were necessarily taken on the same day.

I suspect that my grandpa may have taken these as there are lots of snaps by him, many in his own photograph album, although none of those are of these young women. If they were taken near Newdale, Manitoba where he lived from at least 1906, then the setting could be Clear Lake.

I love this last one - very playful! Must have been warm, I think, that day, for these young women to sit in the water and show off their feet all together on cue.

But, this particular photograph is in shocking condition. It's very faded and was folded in half at one point, and left that way for a while. And someone's little darling (my Mum!) wrote on it - back and front. My Na was a sterner grandmother than a mother, that's obvious. I hope to have this one 'restored'.

This 74th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will be hosted by Jasia at Creative Gene so be sure to pop over to her blog soon to see who else attended this Carnival.


Unknown said...

Great snaps! I live at a lake in Maine and love seeing old photos of bathers. Thanks for showing yours!

Judith Richards Shubert said...

Love your swimsuit beauties! Can't resist a picture with us girls showing off our feet. My sisters and I have several taken of our feet - all in a circle!

They all look they are having such fun. I adore their swimming caps!

Bill West said...

Great Photos, Diane!

Brett Payne said...

How interesting, Diane. I hope to shortly post on Photo-Sleuth some similar images of my grandfather and friends from around 1920, taken on the shores of Lake Winnipeg. I'm also hoping that someone will identify their relatives in these photographs, and help to identify the exact location(s).

Regards and best wishes, Brett

Anonymous said...

Great pictures. Too bad they are all "UBOs" (unidentified bathing objects)

Anonymous said...

I'm amused with the 2nd one being folded in half. Perhaps it was a photo of someone's sweet heart and kept in a wallet for some time to remember good old times from the summer! A summer romance perhaps?

Thanks for sharing!

Linda Hughes Hiser said...

Great old photo. Oddly, I had numerous photos to share for this blog. My grandmother Stark had many scenes at the beach with her friends in her photo albums. Turn of the 20th century and they look alot like your gals. I guess 20th century beach attire in Canada was the same as in the states.

Evelyn Yvonne Theriault said...

Restoring old photos can actually be quite a "zen'like" activity.
I work with old postcards a lot and I'm amazed at the details I can pick out when I enlarge parts of the images.
Evelyn in Montreal