Saturday, October 1, 2011

Swimsuit Edition (uh, Sports Center Saturday?)

The other day Thomas MacEntee of GeneaBloggers fame shared with his Facebook friends a photo of a bathing suit he was thinking of packing for his cruise. I will not share the post with you but I will share the link to the image should you choose to see the item in question for yourselves. I give you fair warning -- it is not a pretty sight (no, Thomas is not modeling it, but Borat is).

That post got me thinking about my early 20th century relatives and what they wore while bathing or just lounging on the beach. I thought I would share some of them with you today.

Frances (Bye) Jackson probably Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts, c1910

Signa, Lillian & Dorothy Jackson probably Nantasket Beach, 1920.
Too cold to bathe, I suppose.

Jennie (Bye) Loring probably Nantasket Beach, c1921.
Check out the people in the background!

Signa, Frances, Dorothy & Lillian Jackson
probably Nantasket Beach, 1921.

Ida (Whittemore), Nettie, Signa, and Ethel Jackson
in Coronado Beach, California, June 23, 1922.
Not bathing and not technically on a beach, but in a town with
the word "beach" in its name so it qualifies.

Frances on Nantasket Beach, c1930

Paul Heinz probably in Chicago area, c1930

Bye cousins at the beach, probably somewhere in Maine, c1940

Mom and her sisters in Chicago area, c1945

You may not think this is technically a sport, but Sports Illustrated would disagree with you. Okay, I'm stretching it a little but who can blame me? This is my mother's family and you gotta love 'em! I do.

Thanks for dropping by.


Sports Center Saturday is a daily blogging prompt from GeneaBloggers.


  1. Wow, Sherri, that bathing suit with the striped trim sure caught my eye! Take a look at the photos I posted of my grandmother and her friends at the beach for this year's COG Swimsuit Edition (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun...). Clearly this style of bathing suit was popular! At first I thought perhaps my grandmother made them, but now after looking at your photos I'm wondering if one of the department stores was having a sale! ;)

  2. You have awesome photos. Oh, how I wish I had lots of photos!! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Cynthia, I think you're right. They must have purchased them at a department store. I don't think my gr-grandmother never made a stitch of clothing in her life! And she did love a bargain. I'm sure they were on sale.

    Thanks, Pam. My gr-grandmother was a real shutter-bug. There are many, many photos that were taken of her and in which she posed her children and grandchildren. We are very fortunate.

  4. I enjoyed looking at your pictures.