Welcome to the June 4, 2008 edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. We're starting the third year of publication off with a very timely-for-the-season Swimsuit Edition! Here's our cover for this edition, created by the very generous and talented footnoteMaven. Thanks fM!
In this edition you'll meet some beauties and cuties, hotties and bodies, beaches and sneetches. Well, OK, maybe not sneetches. But you'll definitely feel the steamed heat of summer fun in the sun. So pour yourself a nice big glass of Sangria on the rocks, grab your laptop, and head for the hammock. It's time for some summer sizzle! (Oh, and if you pour a whole tumbler of Sangria you're much more likely to see some sneetches ;-)
robert lord presents Lord and Lady: Swimsuits and Our Family History posted at Lord and Lady. Robert starts us out with a great article that will make you hoot and holler, whistle, applaud, and laugh out loud. Don't miss his fantastic collection of vintage swim wear photos and his endearing story of rescuing a damsel in distress. Not to be missed!!! Thanks Robert!
Janet Iles presents Bathing Beauties? posted at Janet the researcher. Janet shares with us some precious photos of her family at the beach where they owned a cottage. In the first photo you can practically see her sister shiver, a clue that this wasn't a Florida beach ;-) Head on over and see for yourself! Thanks Janet!
Ken Spangler presents No Swimsuit Models Here! posted at Beyond Fiction. I always have to hand it to those who take on the challenge of writing for the COG even when it's a struggle to come up with something that fits the topic. Such is the case this time around for Ken. Ken's article is unique in that he paints a great picture, with words, of his first trip to an ocean beach. It's a wonderful first person account of his experience. Don't miss it! Thanks Ken. We always enjoy your articles!
Bill West presents HOUGHS NECK posted at West in New England. Bill shares some lovely photos taken at his aunt and uncle's cottage during his youth. He also shares some happy and some not so happy memories from those days. Head on over for a visit at the cottage with Bill. Thanks for sharing, Bill!
Laura presents The Virtual Dime Museum: At Rockaway Beach, 1892 posted at The Virtual Dime Museum. Laura has the most darling old photo of kids at the beach. Except that they're not really at the beach ;-) Check out her article for all the details and links to some great vintage postcards of Rockaway Beach. Thanks for sharing, Laura!
Thomas MacEntee presents Dayvare, Eveninkvare, Svimvare! posted at Destination: Austin Family, saying, "Please do not laugh at my outfit!" Thomas isn't a big fan of swimming and he shares with us just why that is. But he does enjoy beach and cottage socializing and has worked out just the perfect wardrobe for those times. He also reminds us of the old days (1960s-1970s) when we used to use tanning agents to soak up more sun for a better tan. Ugh! Thanks for sharing, Thomas!
Debra Osborne Spindle aka "Tex" presents Swimsuit Edition: Bathing Beauties in the Family posted at All My Ancestors. Tex takes us to the swimming hole by her grandmother's country store where she spent her summers as a child. And she also shares a great picture of her mom on her honeymoon... what a real beauty! For someone who grew up in arid country, Tex managed to find some great summers-at-the-lake photos to share! Stop on by and check them out! Thanks for sharing, Tex!
M. Diane Rogers presents Carnival of Genealogy – “Swimsuit Edition”: Newdale, Manitoba, Canada 1908 posted at CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt'. Diane has the most wonderful period photo, you just have to check it out. Maybe you'll have some guesses about the Merry Widow Camp she references. It sure sounds interesting to me! Thanks for sharing, Diane!
Randy Seaver presents At the Beach! posted at Genea-Musings. Randy is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world right in his neighborhood. So it should come as no surprise that he has a great family beach photo to share with us along with lots of wonderful memories of visiting those beaches as a child and with his own children. Great article Randy!!! Thanks for sharing!
Sandusky Library Archives Research Center presents Sandusky History: Glenn Curtiss' Record-Setting Flight to Cedar Point posted at Sandusky History, saying, "On August 31, 1910, Glenn Curtiss set a record for the longest over-water flight when he flew his Albany Flyer over Lake Erie from Euclid Beach in Cuyahoga County, Ohio to the Cedar Point Beach in Sandusky, Ohio. The distance was sixty-three miles. It was also on the Cedar Point Beach that football great Knute Rockne perfected the forward pass, when he was employed at Cedar Point as a lifeguard in 1913." All of us from the Midwest are familiar with Cedar Point the amusement park but probably less so the beach. But hey, they do have a terrific beach at Cedar Point. I was there a number of times as a child and always enjoyed it. Thanks to the folks at the Sandusky Library for sharing their Sandusky and Cedar Point beach stories with us!
Becky Wiseman presents Two Stylish Ladies posted at kinexxions. If these ladies' swimsuits don't make you grin, their smiles certainly will! It's quite obvious that Becky's grandmother and her sister were enjoying themselves when this charming photo was taken. It's a great period photo. Stop by and see it! Thanks for sharing, Becky!
Cheryl Schulte presents The Dancing Darlings of 1899.... posted at Two Sides of the Ocean. There's just nothing like seeing someone who typically dressed "prim and proper" in a swimsuit. It gives you a whole other outlook on them. Add to that one of the most charming "sisters" photos you'll ever see and you've got the makings for a great family history blog post! Stop by and see Cheryl's photos. They are just fabulous! Thanks for sharing, Cheryl!
Apple presents A Dip in the Pacific Ocean posted at Apple's Tree. Apple had the pleasure of vacationing in Hawaii and her mother joined in the fun. What terrific memories to have and hold! And they are made all the better with family photos that capture big smiles and warm sand beaches. Thanks for sharing them with us, Apple!
Chery Kinnick presents Bashful Bathers posted at Nordic Blue. Chery introduces us to the bashful bathing beauties in her family, and they are lovely ladies indeed! Stop by and meet them and while you're there, check out the photo of her grandfather Ernest Johnson. Tell me if I'm wrong but I think he has Paul Newman's eyes and nose and Robert Redford's jaw and hair. He's a handsome one! Thanks for sharing your bashful bathers with us, Chery!
Janice Brown presents New Hampshire's Vintage Beach Babes (and Boys) posted at Cow Hampshire, saying, "My family "struts their stuff" in vintage swimsuits." Janice has a fantastic collection of family swim wear fashion photos. You just have to see them! They show the progression of swim wear over time and are wonderful period photos! Thanks so much for sharing them with us, Janice!
Jasia presents Some of the Bathing Beauties in My Family posted at Creative Gene. I was surprised at how many old family swimsuit photos I was able to come up with when I started looking for them. The choice of which to share on my blog was not an easy one but here you will see three of my favorites. You might also like to revisit a blog post I wrote a while back on vintage swim wear fashions, Was Your Granny a Fanny Dunker? Enjoy!
Lori Thornton presents Family Beach Stories: Not Much to Tell, Few Pictures to Show posted at Smoky Mountain Family Historian. Lori takes us to several beaches she remembers visiting and shares some great photos too. She's currently visiting some New England beaches and has some great new photos on her recent blog posts. Check them out! Thanks for sharing, Lori!
Steve Danko presents The Swimsuit Edition posted at Steve's Genealogy Blog. Steve has a couple really wonderful photos of his mom taken during WWII. Lots of women sent "pin-up" type photos to their loved ones over seas during that period. These pictures of his mom strike me as those sort of photos... fabulous! Thanks for sharing, Steve.
Terry Thornton presents The Swimsuit Edition . . . posted at Hill Country of Monroe County, Mississippi, saying, "It is not a pretty sight --- so be warned! But you asked for swimsuits and here I am! LOL!" Terry has a terrific sense of humor which is evident in this blog post. Stop by for a good chuckle! Thanks Terry!
Jessica Oswalt presents At The Beach ... posted at Jessica's Genejournal. Jessica shares some brief memories of family visits to beaches around the country. Thanks Jess!
Elizabeth presents Back to the Beach: 1940's Suimsuit Edition posted at Little Bytes of Life. Elizabeth has some darling photos of her mother and aunt from the days of their youth. She's not sure where the photos were taken. Stop by and check them out and let her know if you recognize the areas. Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth!
Denise Olson presents The Swimsuit Edition posted at Moultrie Creek. Denise has a great little video she put together showing some wonderful photos of her mom and aunts at the beach. Her family grew up on the sands of Florida beaches so she probably has a much bigger collection of beach photos than the rest of us. Fortunately, she's willing to share some of the best of them with us. Thanks Denise!
Amanda Erickson presents Bathing Beauties - 4 generations posted at Random Ramblings. Amanda treats us to 4 generations of bathing beauties in her family. The best one is of her by herself... she's a natural fashion model!!! Check it out and see if you don't agree ;-) Thanks for sharing, Amanda!
Wendy Littrell presents Childhood on the Water posted at All My Branches Genealogy. Wendy had a great backyard pool!!! Her article reminded me of how much fun we had over the years in our backyard pool, but ours wasn't nearly as nice as hers. Prepare to be envious when you see the aqua blue water of Wendy's pool. It's inviting! Thanks so much for sharing, Wendy!
Jewelgirl presents COG - SWIMSUIT EDITION posted at Searching For Family Branches. If there was an award for the coolest vintage sunglasses Jewelgirl would win hands down. Check out her cat-eye glasses! Tres chic! She also shares a great period photo of her mom and a friend looking very attractive! Thanks for sharing Jewelgirl :-)
Miriam Robbins Midkiff presents In the Good Old Summertime posted at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors. Girlfriends, a sisterhood. That's what Miriam's photo says to me. It also says summers days and good times. Check out this wonderful period photo see what it says to you! Thanks for sharing this wonderful photo, Miriam!
footnoteMaven presents Oh Grandma - What big bathing boots you have! posted at footnoteMaven. Is there any subject that footnoteMaven doesn't have covered in spades in her personal photo collection? Nah, I don't think so either. Lucky for us she's willing to share her treasured photos. She has some beauts this time around. Don't miss out on her fine examples of early 20th century beach attire for the shy. Thanks for sharing fM!
John Newmark presents Sunshine Day posted at Transylvanian Dutch. John got to visit Hawaii when he was just 5 years old and he has the photo to prove it! (We know he's not making it up because his mom went on record confirming it.) He was a real cutie... stop by and see for yourself! Thanks for sharing your beach photo with us, John!
OMcHodoy presents Walking on Sunshine posted at Orations of OMcHodoy. Colleen shares some wonderful fun-in-the-sun pictures of happy family times. There's not a lot of water in these pictures but then there aren't any lakes where Colleen lives. She used to live by Niagara Falls and I kinda thought she might share a photo of someone in her family in their swimsuit getting into a barrel... but I guess she decided to keep those summer fun photos for another time ;-) Do stop by and see her great family shots. Thanks for sharing, Colleen!
Lisa presents The waves' rippling song": South Beach, Staten Island posted at 100 Years in America. Lisa's grandparents lived right by a beach in NY so they and their children had lots of opportunities to enjoy summer days at the seaside. She's got some great swimsuit photos and even a poem to share with us. Stop by and check it out! Thanks for sharing, Lisa!
Craig Manson presents Carnival of Genealogy: Gulf Coast Summer 1962 posted at GeneaBlogie. Craig not only shares with us some of the cutest kids-at-the-beach photos you ever did see but he also reveals the first major writing project of his life. It was undertaken at the age of 8 and I think you'll agree that it was a well written and well illustrated masterpiece! Thanks for sharing your first vacation trip with us, Craig! OK everybody, all together now.... "aww, you were soooo cute Craig!"
And last but not least we have Donna presenting Genealogy Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition posted at What's Past is Prologue. Donna shares the most adorable "under the boardwalk" photo with us along with a couple other photos showcasing some neat period swim wear. Fun, fun, fun! Head on over and see for yourself! Thanks for sharing, Donna :-) Donna ends her post with, "Let’s load up that car with beach blankets and cold drinks, and call in sick to work…it’s time to head down the shore!" Sounds great to me Donna,! Who else is ready to hit the beach... Hey wait for me! And don't forget your cameras!
That does it for this edition of the COG. Pretty fun, eh? And the best part is we didn't have to cover ourselves in sunscreen and bleed through the wallet putting gas in our cars just to check out the chicks and hunks! See how environmentally conscious we genea-bloggers can be?
And now it's time for a call for submissions! The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will be: family pets! Bring out those old photos of Snoopy, Garfield, Rex and Bob! Tell us the funny, charming, and cute stories about the pets you remember or remember hearing about. Introduce us to the furry, feathered, and scaly members who have a place on your family tree! The deadline for the next edition is June 15, 2008 and it will be hosted by none other than the flutaphone master himself, Bill West!
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