Florida Showgirls, 1947

I've had these photos lined up to post for awhile now, but alas I'm just now doing so! Now I can't even recall how I found them. Looking up historical buildings in Florida after my last visit to The Sunshine State? Or simply Googling old photos South Florida to check out spots my husband's grandparents used to frequent? Both are possible!

In any case, I absolutely love the clothing in these photos taken by Allan Grant of Florida showgirls in 1947. There were so many in this lot but I've chose to focus here on the gals just hanging out in Florida in their downtime. Enjoy!

 Two showgirls fishing off a bridge in Florida, 1947. Via Time Life Archives.
 The OG selfie! This Florida showgirl is apparently taking a photo of herself. 1947 via Time Life Archives. 
 Florida showgirls at the beach, 1947. Time Life Archives.
 Florida showgirl at the beach, 1940s. Via Time Life Archives.
 Florida showgirl at the beach, 1940. Via Time Life Archives.
 Florida showgirl at the beach, 1947. Via Time Life Archives.
 Florida showgirl doing a backbend at the beach, 1940s. Via Time Life Archives.
 Florida showgirls at the beach, 1947. Via Time Life Archives.
 Florida showgirls at the beach, 1940s. Via Time Life Archives.
 Florida showgirls at the beach, 1940s. Via Time Life Archives.
 Florida showgirl reading her mail. Florida, 1947. Via Time Life Archives. 
 Showgirl on the communal phone, 1947. Photo via Time Life Archives.
 Florida showgirls in their shared bedroom, 1947. Via Time Life Archives.
 Florida showgirls in front of their house, 1947. Photo via Time Life Archives.
 Florida, 1947. Via Time Life Archives.
 Two showgirls window shopping, 140s. Photo via Time Life Archives.
 Florida showgirls in their downtime, 1947. Via Time Life Archives. 
 Florida showgirl and her pet bird, 1947. Photo via Time Life Archives.

Found Fridays Vol. II

1. Killed Negatives of the Great Depression

When I think of the Great Depression, one of the first images that comes to mind the iconic 1936 photograph Migrant Mother taken by Dorothea Lange. Lange was an American documentary photographer who worked for the Farm Security Administration during the Depression along with a number of other photographers who travelled around the United States documenting life at the time. 

I've seen at least a hundred of these images of the years but today I found out that even though over 160,000 images were captured, less than half of those made it to print. AND what's even sadder than those images never making it to print is that the negatives were actually hole punched in a severe, dare I say blasphemous, way of editing and ensuring they were never used. Below are a few of those images...

 Killed negative from a series of photos taken by the U.S. Farm Security Administration during the Depression Era.
 Killed negative from a series of photos taken by the U.S. Farm Security Administration during the Depression Era.
 Killed negative from a series of photos taken by the U.S. Farm Security Administration during the Depression Era.
 Killed negative from a series of photos taken by the U.S. Farm Security Administration during the Depression Era.
 Killed negative from a series of photos taken by the U.S. Farm Security Administration during the Depression Era.
 Killed negative from a series of photos taken by the U.S. Farm Security Administration during the Depression Era.
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 Killed negative from a series of photos taken by the U.S. Farm Security Administration during the Depression Era.

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2. A Daredevil Female WWII Fighter Pilot

Perhaps you've heard of the Womens Air Force Service Pilots (WASPS) but have you heard of female fighter pilot Cecil “Teddy” Kenyon?  Along with two other women, Teddy was selected as part of publicity act for the Civil Air Corps. Despite being exceptional pilots these lady flyers were showcased to the public in their full flight gear with perfect lipstick advertising things like Camel cigarettes. Hmm...

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Found on Timeline

 

3. The Wannabe Princess

The saga of Anastasia Romanov is not a new one, but it's a fun one to revisit. One of my favorite websites, Messy Nessy Chic did a recent post summarizing the possible survival, escape and claimed reappearance of the Russian Grand Duchess. 

 Anna Anderson versus Anastasia Romanov
 Tsar Nicolas and the Romanov daughters.
 Anna Tschaikovsky claimed to be the Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov for years until it was proven to be false.

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4. Early Photos of America's Western Frontier

I never tire of photos of the American west. These photos taken by Timothy O'Sullivan between 1867 and 1874 are probably the earliest photos of seen of this area. My favorite photo has to be the one directly below. It's Timothy's traveling darkroom wagon being pulled by four mules! How cool is that!?

 Timothy O’Sullivan’s darkroom wagon, pulled by four mules in 1867. Taken in the Carson Sink, part of Nevada’s Carson Desert.
 The Colorado River in the Black Canyon, Mojave County, Arizona. Taken in 1871.
 The Old Mission Church in Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico. Taken in 1873.
 Anasazi ruins in Canyon de Chelly, Arizona, America in 1873.
 An expedition boat on the Truckee River in western Nevada. Photo taken in 1867.
 Pagosa Hot Spring, Colorado in 1874.
 Oak Grove in White Mountains. Sierra Blanca, Arizona in 1873.

Found on Flashbak