Hey, if Sports Illustrated and other magazines can produce “swimsuit editions,” why can’t a genealogy newsletter? Therefore, I am delighted to introduce the first (annual?) swimsuit edition of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter:
You can click on the above image to view a much larger version.
The above is a 1906 photo, entitled “Bathing at City Point, South Boston, Mass.” It is produced from an 8-by-10 inch dry plate glass negative by the Detroit Publishing Company.
Times have changed! Yet this is how our ancestors dressed while enjoying the sun at the beach. Do you notice that almost everyone is wearing long sleeves at the beach? Not to mention long pants or long skirts and dresses. Several are wearing coats. Perhaps we are better off today.
The photo is courtesy of Shorpy.com, a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.
You can view many more fascinating old photographs at http://www.shorpy.com. You can browse the photographs by starting at http://www.junipergallery.com/shorpy_archive/recent. The site also sells 6,000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing, desk-size to sofa-size and larger, printed on archival paper or canvas.
I could spend hours on Shorpy.com!