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Hilda James: 1925

Hilda James: 1925

September 1925. "Hilda James." The British swimmer and Olympic medalist shipboard in New York Harbor after retiring from amateur sports to "preside over the pool in a new transatlantic liner." Bain News Service. View full size.

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Hilda was my paternal grandmother, and I am currently researching for her biography. This photo is not in my current (extensive) collection. I also have her silver Olympic medal from 1920 and all the World Record medals and pennants. I believe this shot was taken on one of the Cunard cruise ships, probably Carinthia, which she worked on as games instructor and hostess between 1925 and 1930 after turning professional. Hilda left Cunard in 1930, marrying my grandfather W.H. McAllister, the Cunard chief wireless officer, and retiring from the sea to start a family. If anybody out there has more information, please do contact me. .

Thanks a lot. Mac.

[More photos here. - Dave]

Another not terribly clever comment

belaboring the obvious. Let us move on, please.

Her first priority

should be to get some well-needed orthodontic work.

British teeth

Yep, you can tell dental care wasn't a big priority in 1925 Britain.

Depends where you start

When this window opened, I had to scroll from the bottom up. I was momentarily intrigued. But then ...


That's one serious snaggle tooth!

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