I look at a lot of vintage photos. I love nothing more than finding a big box of them at a flea market so I can stand and shuffle through them. I even look for them online. Whenever I have a spare thirty minutes or so I’ll often go to Etsy and do some searches for sportswear-wearing vintage women.
That’s how I found the photos I’m showing today. I usually do not look for lots of more than one photo, but I found a group which contained the same people on the beach in Miami between 1938 and 1942. It was too interesting to pass up.
The set of photos were taken with several different cameras, but some of the same people kept appearing over and over. The most common factor in the group is a woman named Sophie. I’ve come up with the idea that these were her photos, and that she and her group of friends traded them for other photos taken on their days at the beach. That would explain the different types of photos, plus the fact that there are different handwritings on the various photos.
The oldest photo I have of Sophie is the one above, taken in 1938. The young man is not identified.
This is Sophie and Harry Lack.
Sophie and Harry again, with a better look at her bathing suit.
A month later, Sophie is wearing the same bathing suit, but she has a new guy to pose with, Lou Shapiro.
And then another month later, Sophie is sporting a new bathing suit, and another new guy, Herb Klein.
The photos end in April, 1942. Here Sophie has yet another new beau, Irving Saltz. It would be interesting to know what happened to Sophie. Did she end up with Harry or Lou or Herb or Irving? Maybe the great and wonderful internet will solve the mystery for us.