Pretty maids all in a row–maybe at the Jersey shore?
Love these three–especially the Al Capone type on the right with the dangling cigarette!
For a couple of years now, I’ve been hoarding vintage black and white beach snapshots. My collection started with a snap of my mother, at the age of 17 or 18, standing on the Pass-A-Grille Beach in our hometown of St. Petersburg, for a small-time modelling gig she did around 1950. As children, we always believed she’d been Miss America! Then I found some old snaps of distant relatives from the 1920s on the beach, and my collection had a name. A few of them really are family, but most are of total strangers. Last summer in Franklin, Tenn., I bought the cutest framed snapshot of what looks like a 1920s shot of orphans at the beach. Adorable! Then I bought a few more in August, at Brimfield. My friend Beth, who buys fine English and French antiques, thought I was nuts, but I love ’em. I just got the above two pix in the mail that I bought off eBay, and then there are the other two are the ones I bought at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market on Sunday. I’ve seen lots of great vintage beach snaps on Flickr, but I’m such a techno-dweeb, I can’t tell if it’s possible to download and print these, or buy them or what. Anybody know? In the meantime, enjoy these, without getting any sand in your shoes.