Sunday, July 04, 2010

Carnival of Genealogy, 95th Edition

Welcome to the July 4, 2010 edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. You are in for a real treat as we bring you the 3rd Annual Swimsuit Edition! Summer heat can be sweltering and our ancestors had to deal with it just like we do. However, they didn't have air conditioning, skimpy summer clothing, or backyard pools like we do! A trip to the beach or the local watering hole was a simple and common way to cool off on a hot summer day. Swimsuit fashions, well, they were something to behold, LOL! Those who have graciously contributed their photos and stories to this edition of the COG have supplied us with plenty to enjoy.

Pour yourself a tall glass of lemonade over ice and top it with a few strawberries or raspberries. Tis the season for luscious, ripe, summer fruit and tall cool beverages... and just what you'll need to get you through the hot Independence Day forecast. Before you don your own swimsuit and head out to the beach, check out the fabulous Swimsuit Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy!

M. Diane Rogers presents Billie Who? The Annual Swimsuit Edition - Carnival of Genealogy posted at CanadaGenealogy, or, 'Jane's Your Aunt', saying, "Summertime fun in Manitoba, Canada - here's hoping someone will identify 'Billie'."

Pam Taylor presents Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer posted at Genealogy.

Dorene Paul presents Knute Rockne Markers in Sandusky posted at Graveyard Rabbit of Sandusky Bay, saying, "While Knute Rockne was not my ancestor, he worked at a summer resort in Sandusky where many of my ancestors also worked. Knute Rockne was an inspiration to so many, with his devotion to the football program at the University of Notre Dame. He also encouraged those young football players to do their very best in academic endeavors as well as in football. During the summer of 1913, Knute Rockne and Gus Dorias worked at Cedar Point, and in their time off, they perfected the forward pass along the sandy Cedar Point beach on Lake Erie. The rest is history!"

TCasteel presents Bathing Beauties at Dallenbach's posted at Tangled Trees.

Lisa Wallen Logsdon presents My Mom ~1944~ Pretty Bathing Beauty In Black & White! posted at Old Stones Undeciphered.

Michelle Goodrum presents Bathing Beauty posted at The Turning of Generations.

Geniaus presents Sisters by the Sea posted at Geniaus, saying, "In the 1950s the Duncan sisters from Sydney Australia enjoyed shared summer holidays at Ettalong beach"

Carol presents Bathing Beauties from Virginia posted at Reflections From the Fence, saying, "What do sand between the toes, tents, days at the beach, photos, memories, and grins on mugs have in common?? My entry to the Swimsuit edition of the COG, but of course. I have focused on just one family unit, my grandmother, grandfather and father, bathing beauties before 1930." All in the family sums up Carol's contribution to the Swimsuit Edition. Check out these photos from her collection. Great period photos! And she is so fortunate to have photos of various family members. Lucky her, lucky us! Thanks for sharing your photos and family stories with us Carol!

Susan presents Nolichucky Roots: Summer Frolics posted at Nolichucky Roots, saying, "It was such fun to dig through the old pictures. The mountain summers were full of celebrations and fun long before the bathing beauties modeled at the shore in the 1940s." Susan has the best "frolic" pictures I've ever seen! Seriously, when you see these pictures, you'll know what I mean. My favorite is "frolic in the creek", it's terrific. All of her pictures are wonderful and they illustrate just how folks used to keep cool in the heat of summer. The hats are sooo precious! Do be sure to check out her pictures. Thank you so much for sharing your Swimsuit photos with us, Susan!

Nancy Fermazin presents On the Boardwalk posted at Fermazin Family Genealogy and Others. Nancy has talent, great vintage photos, and a terrific sense of humor! I know you'll agree when you visit her blog. Not only does she share her wonderful vintage photos with us but she created some fabulous scrapbook pages as well... that's where the talent comes in ;-) The sense of humor... you'll see for yourself when you get to the end of her article, LOL! Thank you so much, Nancy, for sharing your photos, your talent, and your sense of humor with us!

Heather Wilkinson Rojo presents Wordless Wednesday- Swimming at Misery Island, 1949 posted at Nutfield Genealogy, saying, "My family has lived in Salem or Beverly, Massachusetts since the early 1600s. It is a coastal community, with lovely harbors and beaches. I chose some photos from when my Dad was a kid, in the 1940s, not particularly for the photos but for the island where they loved to swim. Its historical and I included a short paragraph about what happened there to an ancestor in the 1620s." Nice summer photos and what a story to go with them! I really enjoyed the way Heather linked the photos to her family's history many generations back. Not everyone could do something like this but it's very cool when you read can. Very well done, Heather!

Charles Hansen presents Carnival of Genealogy Swimsuit Issue posted at Mikkel's Hus, saying, "Guess I am not very photogenic in a swim suit, could not find any pictures of me in a swim suit."

Jamie Mayhew presents Wordless Wednesday - Summer Through the Ages posted at Reflections on Genealogy Research, saying, "This blog post was one of my first posts. Just started my blog. The good looking guy is my husband's father. Quite a hunk." These pictures are worth more than a thousand words, that's for sure. Any one of Jamie's pictures is precious in it's own right but put them together and you have one terrific collection of Swimsuit fashions. Check 'em out and see what I mean! I'm especially fond of the 1920s photos. Which is your favorite? Thank you, Jamie, for sharing your Swimsuit Collection with us. :-)

Jasia presents Teddy, Oh Teddy! posted at Creative Gene. This is the most buff looking guy in my historical photo collection. Teddy, who are you?

Sue Edminster presents Check it Out! posted at Echo Hill Ancestors Weblog.

Judy Cole presents Jersey Shore posted at The Genealogy Gals, saying, "This is the first time I have looked at these pictures since my mother passed in January. Some memories ar so sweet they are almost painful" Judy is so right. When you understand the context of pictures your appreciation of them truly multiplies. This is the case with the photos Judy has chosen to share with us for this edition of the COG. They are wonderful photos in and of themselves but when enhanced by Judy's story telling they become so much more. You've done a wonderful job, Judy. Thank you for sharing your photos and your family memories with us!

Renate Sanders presents Fun in the Sun! Grandma Thomas - Back in the Day! - COG 95th Edition posted at Into the LIGHT. If you want to smile, check out Renate's photo of her Grandma Thomas. This lady had a smile to warm your heart. Her smile is contagious even all these years later! I love the period swim wear and the boardwalk in the background of the sandy beach really sets the tone. Great photo and there's a wonderfully written series about her grandmother linked to from this article. Thanks for sharing Grandma Thomas with us, Renate!

Melissa Brown presents 95th Carnival Of Genealogy "The Annual Swimsuit Competition": Swimsuits from the past, Let's Hear it for embarrassing myself posted at Pawprints Guiding Me to the Past, saying, "My first carnival posting for the Carnival of Genealogy. My post highlights the history of bathing suits in my family from 1909 to 2008, including pictures of my great great grandma, great grandma, grandma, mom, and myself."

Cynthia Shenette presents A Pretty Girl on Old Cape Cod posted at Heritage Zen:, saying, "I don't think my mom ever really saw herself for the pretty girl she was. I love this photo. Mom's not quite as elegant or glamorous as Esther Williams, and not as cute and perky as Gidget, but a still "A Pretty Girl On Old Cape Cod!""

Nancy Messier presents Lake Milton Summers posted at My Ancestors and Me, saying, "Nancy remembers the joy of glorious, carefree summer vacation weeks at Lake Milton, Ohio and, in another post, you can view her ancestors in swimsuits and at water play." Nancy does a great job of sharing her happy childhood memories at the lake. Her photos bring the cast of characters to life. Nicely done. A real "feel good" blog post. Check it out!

Janet Iles presents Swimsuit Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy - Bathing Beauties? posted at Janet the researcher, saying, "Janet shares photos from a trip to Cuba in 1985. Were they bathing beauties?"

Apple presents 2010 Swimsuit Edition posted at Apple's Tree, saying, "Having no historical swimsuit photos, I invite you to join me for some swimsuit silliness instead!"

Linda Hughes Hiser presents COG--Annual Swimsuit Edition posted at Flipside, saying, "No skin show with these turn of the 20th century bathing beauties."

Vickie Everhart presents COG :: Robert E. Henry posted at .: BeNotForgot :: begotten & ne'er forgotten :., saying, "This collage features my maternal grandpa, Robert E. Henry. He is "posing" in his swimming trunks on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee . . . in New Hampshire . . . ca. 1929. We think he looks like Paul Newman!" Vicky's created a wonderful scrapbook page highlighting a photo of her grandfather. She's not kidding, her grandfather is a dead ringer for Paul Newman! What a hottie! Everyone should have such a great swimsuit photo in their personal collection. I envy Vickie and you will too! Thanks for sharing Robert with us, Vickie!

Miriam Robbins Midkiff presents Good Times at Green Lake posted at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors, saying, "Here's a photo from my maternal grandmother's album she created as a teenager. It features her extended family on an outing at a local lake, all attired in 1937 swimwear! Also debuting are my great-great-grandparents, who appear on my blog for the very first time in photography!" Miriam has a terrific photo, you need to click on this one to see it larger. It's the quintessential "family outing at the lake". It's not only a great multi-generational family photo, it's a great period photo too. The setting tells so much about the lives of these people. And here they are on a hot summer day enjoying themselves by the cool refreshing water of Green Lake. Don't you just want to join them? I do! Thanks for sharing your family swimsuit picture with us, Miriam!

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Margie Rennick presents The Old Fashioned Vacation and Bathing Suit posted at Ancestor Chase, saying, "A picture of my ancestors on the beach about 1890 in bathing suits. Plus a discussion of "old fashioned" vacations." What can I say? Margie's family swimsuit picture is simply fabulous. But she didn't become the Featured Author just because she has a very cool vintage family photo. No, she's our Featured Author because of the wonderful and insightful discussion she wrote about vacations of yesteryear. Her reflections are thoughtful and really hit home for me. I'll bet they'll do the same for you too. Add to that that Margie followed up her already wonderful blog post with enlightening details from a family diary and you have one complete photo, story, and reflections on then and now. She did a great job of putting it all together!

Please join me in congratulating Margie Rennick for being the Featured Author of the 95th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy!

That concludes this edition of the Carnival of Genealogy. I hope you enjoyed these vintage summer swimsuit photos! Weren't they terrific?! A great big THANK YOU goes out to all who participated in this hot summer edition of the COG!

Call for Submissions! The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy will be: Scrapbooking Your Family History! Here's a real challenge for you... Who's up to the task? Create a scrapbook page on any theme that suits one or more of your vintage photos. If you don't feel very artistic, lay a few photos down on a piece of colored paper, add a few captions, take a snapshot of it, and voila! You have yourself a digital scrapbook page! If you enjoy creating traditional scrapbook pages, take a picture of one you've done, and that works too. If you're up for creating something more artsy, buy a kit or make your own. Go for it! If you've never done scrapbooking before, this is the opportunity you've been waiting for! If you're an experienced scrapbooker, dig in and enjoy the creative process! The deadline for submissions is August 1st. Thirty submissions will be accepted. 

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