I am guessing these photos were taken at Virginia Beach Virginia, as my grandmother grew up very near there. She lived in and around Norfolk Virginia. At that time there were still mailing addresses like Great Bridge, Berkley, and Kempsville. They were replaced by Chesapeake and Norfolk and Virginia Beach.
This photo shows her hair quite long, I have no other photos where her hair was this long. I was quite surprised when I saw this photo, as she always wore it much shorter. The photo is not dated, however, I am making an educated guess and will say it was taken between 1920 and 1925. I actually have 2 other photos of her in a swim suit instead of this cover up outfit.
Florence really loved the beach, she loved it so much that in her later years she moved to the Outer Banks, living and working there. Florence was the subject of my post, They Worked Hard for the Family, Bowen style, one of my first carnival entries.
In 1923 Florence married Hayden Eugene Bowen. I celebrated their anniversary last year with this post.
In 1926 Florence gave birth to her only child, Donald Eugene Bowen I. (In fact his birthday was June 12th, I will be posting a bit about him tomorrow.)
Left, Donald Eugene Bowen I and his father, Hayden Eugene Bowen, 1927.
Now those are some bathing beauties!
This is the only photo I have of Hayden in a swim suit.
I have one additional photo of Donald in beach wear. It was taken on the very same day, sitting on the beach in the sand, appearing to be quite pleased with the experience, a darling grin on his little mug!
I hope you will enjoy your summer. I wish for you, lots of beach days, with sand between your toes. May you make great family memories. And, don't forget to take lots of photos to leave for your descendants to enjoy. Let's see those swim suit getups and a grin on your little mug!
*This is my entry in the COG 95th edition, The Annual Swimsuit Edition! Thank you to Creative Gene for hosting the Carnival and to footnoteMaven for the great poster.
Copyright 2010, CABS for Reflections From the Fence
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