Friday, June 12, 2009
Carnival of Genealogy 74: Swimsuit Edition
The 74th Carnival of Genealogy is back in town. This time it's the Swimsuit Edition! Here's the challenge as it was issued to us bathing beauties:
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! Memorial Weekend is behind us and that means the start of the summer sun, sand, and lakeside season so let's get in the mood with summer fun photos.
For my entry, I present my great-grandmother. Sometimes she was known as Gertrude. Sometimes Eleanor. Occasionally, I find a Genevieve in one of her records.
She's a mystery to me. She died on Christmas Eve, 1935 at just 43 years old. Her only child, my grandfather, never spoke of her. All I have are a handful of photos. In each, she has a subtle smile that gives few hints of her life or personality. We just have to guess. Heck, I don't even know her given birth name. Maybe it's Gertrude. Maybe Eleanor. Maybe Genevieve. I've seen 'em all. In the few records of her life, she never tells. She just smiles that smile and makes us wonder.
I can only guess about the bathing beauty modeling below. These pictures were taken on a beach in Los Angeles, likely in the early 1930's. My great-grandmother lived in Oklahoma at the time. She (and probably her son / my grandfather) would have visited her half-sister or sister-in-law in Los Angeles.