I’ve been a bit slow updating the blog lately - have been busy with the Classic & Wooden Boat Show here in Sydney (yes, my job sometimes involves things like dressing up in a 1920s swimsuit, robe and Ebena necklace for promotional purposes and the Festival’s “Swimswear through the ages” parade). My colleague here is wearing one of the Annette Kellerman labelled suits in my collection. We had such a blast - I brought out both swimsuits and 1930s beach pajamas for the 1920s - 30s sections of the parade.
The gorgeous vessel in these photos is the Steam Yacht Ena, built 1900 and still breathtakingly beautiful.
Severson’s photos of the 1920s aggressively sold an idealized Florida.
Aside from some waves
visible to the right, this photo gives the illusion of being completely
immersed in sun and sand
on a Florida beach.
See also: amazing swimwear from the 1920s.
From the Al Severson Photograph Collection, University of South Florida.