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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

WWWWW: 1962

WWWWW: 1962

Wellington, New Zealand. "Worser Bay Surf Life Saving Club, team of 1962, with Cook Strait trophy." Seated: Barrie Davenport, first person to swim Cook Strait. Large format negative by by Crown Studios, Wellington. View full size.

And the whole crew...

....that made the swim possible.

'Twas the first time in recorded history that anyone had swum Cook Strait. Many had tried before Barrie Davenport, and failed.
For those who don't know Cook Strait, there is a distance of 22 kilometres (14 miles)at its narrowest point between the North and South Island of New Zealand.
It is an nasty piece of water where the Tasman Sea and the South Pacific Ocean meet. What makes it nasty is its rip, and this rip makes it a very unpredictable and dangerous. The pilot was my uncle, and Barrie Davenport attributed his success to my uncle's knowledge of the tides and the rip.

Trendsetters

Nice mini-dresses, Gentlemen.

Hot thighs award

The lifeguard on the left makes up for his challenged teeth by having the most muscular, developed sexy thighs of the whole bunch.

Worst of All

is the merman in pain trophy they apparently won. Please, please tell me that the Worser Bay club kept it in some case at their headquarters and nobody had to take it home.

And their teeth are getting Worser

... from right to left.

Worser Bay-thing Suits

I don't know what's worser, their bathing suits, the bay, or Dave's title.

Worser Bay

is better than Worse Bay, but just a bit better than Worsest Bay.

Worser

than what?

Trendy before their time

That trophy anticipates today's zombie fad by at least 40 years.

A Commonwealth tradition

First prize: Orthodontia

 
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