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Iced Tee Time: 1926

Iced Tee Time: 1926

July 9, 1926. "Golf in bathing suits -- icing off at the tee. Miss Dorothy Kelly teeing off on a cake of ice. The others in the group are Misses Virginia Hunter, Elaine Griggs, Hazel Brown, and Mary Kaminsky of the Washington, D.C. area." Previously spied here and here, and in color here. View full size.


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If Tiger had been around

He wouldn't have stood a chance with these young lovelies because by the time all the photos were taken, they got cold feet.

My grandmother's time

My grandmother turned 18 that year, and I am sure these girls were all within a few years of that. We have snapshots of her, and one posed shot here, but nothing as clear and detailed as these photos! I hope their grandchildren and great-grandchildren appreciate them!

Actually, I just had a thought that maybe they haven't even seen them! The copies I assume the girls would have been given may have been cast off decades ago by people who didn't think there was any value to them. I hope not, though!


I can't beleive no-one has asked why on earth they are playing golf in their bathing costumes and teeing off from a huge block of ice?

Bathing a La Mode

Appearing at B.F. Keith's Theater:

Washington Post, Jul 11, 1926.

Ruth and Dick Gilbert, noted song writers, record makers and broadcasters, will present for the first time with the Gladyse Wilbur girls, "Bathing a La Mode." The company includes Dorothy Kelley, Sara Stockton, Elaine Griggs, Hazel Brown, Ester Lepman and Mary Kaminksy.

Where's Dino?

The blocks and bare feet give this scene a somewhat Flintstonian quality.

The "D" Shirt

I doubt it was (given sports marketing wasn't too big in those days) but I still can't help but wonder if the shirt crest refers to the 1926 Detroit Cougars NHL team, who used the old English D as a logo. It was their first year in Detroit (having left Victoria, BC, Canada when the WCHL folded).

The Cougars later briefly became the Falcons and then finally, the Red Wings.

I realize the old English "D" is also associated with the Detroit Tigers as well but 1926 reminds me of the NHL team. Besides, the Tigers were only 79-75 that year...

BTW, nice gals! Why don't the bathing beauties ever look this good? LOL...

Fleeting glimpses

A wonderful picture of some beautiful young ladies. I know that the following is perfectly irrational (which doesn't make it unreal ); yet whenever I see a picture like this, and reflect on the fact that, in this case, the girls would now be well over one hundred years old, I cannot help but feel some sorrow that all of that beauty is now gone forever, and dwell for a moment upon the hope that their lives remained, throughout, as happy as their smiles on that day.

I did state that my thinking was irrational.

Beautiful Young Women

Way before women had the option of breast implants, and they look just fine to me.

The "Water"mark

It took some time but I found it.

Now we know why the iceman cometh

sorry - couldn't resist

Hot, Hot, Hot

The lady on the left, Ms Hunter, Wow.

Good Form

Young Dorothy, atop the block of ice, has good form, as do the rest of the girls. (dare I say it?) Hubba Hubba!

And the "D" stands for --

Curious whether the girl at far left's top is for lettering in a sport, for being a member of a graduating class, or for something else entirely.

Risque is right!

Slim shapely gals -- and not a bra among them.


Love the Shorpy watermark on this one!

Golfing on a block of ice

In the bright summer sun, I bet that was a pretty slippery spot. I hope she got down okay.

Over the threshold

Wow, another rather risque pic from the 1920s. Those Roaring Twenties really were breaking all kinds of barriers!

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