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Monday, May 27, 2013

Florida Bathing Beauty Linen Postcards

Florida is the Sunshine State and with our bountiful beaches, we have always celebrated the seaside experience.  My favorite expression of that celebration is the bathing beauties who appear smiling in swimsuits on colorful linen postcards.  Although there are other wonderful linen bathing beauty postcards that have no location indicated, all the postcards shown here have Florida in the caption.

Our opening image is published by Tichnor, and the above Land O' Sand image is published by Curt Teich.  Because these postcards date from the 1930s-1940s, the beauties are wearing two-piece bathing suits that modestly cover their navels, since bikinis that revealed belly buttons didn't appear on the fashion scene until later.

Even one-piece bathing suits make for alluring pin-ups as these postcards show...leapfrog ladies published by Tichnor, as is the lady and the alligator below.

This Curt Teich linen is from the Tropical Florida Series, F-198, and features a citrus center to this Florida Sunburst Blossom.  

No doubt where these bathing beauties are waving from on this clever Tichnor postcard.

Of course, the wonderful Cypress Gardens (now sadly defunct) made their water-skiing bathing beauties famous around the world.  Here are some images of The Aqua Maids.  All are published by Curt Teich with descriptions on the back.

Price Estimates:  We collect bathing beauties of all eras and from all locations. American linen bathing beauties are some of the most colorful and reasonable postcards in this genre you can add to your collection.  Postcards like the ones in this post can be found for $5 to $10 and are not difficult to locate.  These prices are for postcards in excellent condition, and they are only estimates.

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