It’s time for another CoG—Carnival of Genealogy. As always, thanks to Jasia at The Creative Gene, for sponsoring Carnival of Genealogy. All contributors’ posts can be seen by July 4th.
This month is the “Swimsuit Issue.” Family history buffs (no pun intended) are sharing old swimsuit photos.
Not quite as racey as the Sports Illustrated version, these folks were far from posing “in the buff.” Modesty was more in vogue. I’ve dubbed their suits the “mankini,” a male bikini, about 1928-1930.
My dad, Fred Gartz (dob 10/10/1914), left looks to be about fourteen-sixteen. His brother, Will, a year older. .
My grandparents, Josef and Lisi, worked non-stop during the week and Saturdays in their jobs as janitors in Chicago’s West Side, but Sundays were set aside for family. My grandfather was quoted in an article that reported on his retirement from janitorial work in 1954. “Whenever we went out for a little entertainment, we all went together, the boys, my wife and me.”
Given the number of snapshots I have of the whole family at the beach, even when the boys were young men, their philosophy of family togetherness wasn’t just lip-service. It was documented in photographs.
This is probably North Avenue Beach in Chicago, about two miles north of downtown. It was one of their favorite destinations on a hot summer day.
LAZY, HAZY DAYS OF SUMMER:
Dear Friends, Loyal Readers, and Newcomers:
Family Archaeologist is taking the summer off. I’d like to use this hiatus as an opportunity to share the backstory of my paternal grandparents, Lisi and Josef Gartz, that many readers may have missed when the blog was getting started. I’ll still be posting every Tuesday, re-posting a bit about Josef and Lisi’s lives in Austro-Hungary a century ago, including the story of Josef’s harrowing journey to America, as recorded in his journal and missives. I hope you’ll all enjoy the vintage postcards, their loving sentiments, and Josef’s diary and letters of the risks he took to start a new life in America. To see the very first post introducing the blog, click WELCOME.
Mankini – I love it!
Great period picture! I love the mankini name too, lol! Thanks for participating in the COG, Linda. Have a wonderful summer!
Agree, mankini = genius name!
Have a great summer!
Thanks to all of you for commenting on your enjoyment of this photo. I was reminded of the Seinfeld episode in which Kramer decides to invent a bra for men with overly large breasts! He called it the “Man-ssiere!.
Here’s the swimsuit version for males.
Wrong era, but hubba, hubba!
It has made Tuesdays much more tolerable to have your family history unfolding. Thanks for keeping us all entertained and have a glorious summer-hope the days are mostly like today!
Love it; happy summer!
Adrienne and Marian,
I can always count on you two to make a cute comment and so much enjoy getting the feedback! Thanks. Now get out your bikinis, tankinis, or one-pieces and head tot the beach!
Have a wonderful summer, Linda! I’m looking forward to taking you up on the suggestion to catch up on the back story.
I always love your visits here.
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Perfect for the swimsuit edition! Great post!
I like that Mankini! Hope you have a wonderful summer!
I love the title, and the photo as well! Enjoy your summer vacation!
Mankini–great name for those awesome old men’s swimsuits. Great photo.
I’ve just run across your site. I can see I’m going to have a great summer happily getting caught up reading it.
So glad you found me, Robin. I tried to go on your site, but wouldn’t be allowed in. I’ll try another way.
love it! Great post!