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Monday, June 14, 2010

On the Boardwalk

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On the Boardwalk

Looks like summer fun is here.
Swim suit weather is upon us. I have been looking through my collection of old photos for swim suits. Isn't it funny that I don't have any pictures of myself in a swim suit growing up.  Hmmmnn. We spent many a summer on Lake Geneva swimming.  We also used to go to my Great-Uncle and Aunt's:  Carl and Margaret Fermazin's cabin in southern Wisconsin and swim at the lake. We played with inner tubes, snorkled, built sand castles, fished, dived,  etc. 
I did find some pictures of family through out the years that I'd like to share with you.
  I found this picture of my Grandma Fermazin and Aunt Lola and Aunt Margaret having fun along the Fox River in Aurora, Illinois. What a shocker. I could never imagine Grandma in a bathing suit.  I always knew Grandma in a flowered dress with an apron making Apple pies and Strawberry pies in the kitchen and baking cookies at Christmas time.
Here they are!  Margaret Steil Fermazin sister-in-law to Mary Linden Fermazin my grandma.  Aunt Lola, my dad's sister looks to be about 13 years old here so this must be a picture from about 1927. The picture of my Grandma Mary, Aunt Margaret, and Aunt Lola looks like it was taken at the same place as the vintage post card below.

Grandma Mary Linden Fermazin
Fox River
Aurora, Illinois ca.1927
However, I could never picture Grandma as a young woman in a bathing suit. What a treasure to find this picture.

                                                Pin Up Girls   1927

Ca: 1927
Grandma Mary Linden Fermazin
Margaret Steil Fermazin
Lola Fermazin
Fox River
Aurora, Illinois

The Fox River runs north and south in Illinois.  Dad spent many a summer fishing along the banks At one time he even owned an island in the Fox River.  When we were kids growing up he took us every night to fish with him while mom worked.
 vintage post cards of the Fox River in Aurora, Illinois

I dabble in scrapbooking: Digital; Hybrid; Classic.
I want to share two pages I made using my Grandma's Swim pictures.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I did making them.

                                      I just know they were having a great time!

Grace Worthing age 12; Charlie Worthing age 46, Ed Castor, Rose Castor, Maxine Worthing 

Here is a picture of my mom, Grace Worthing and her dad Charlie Worthing visiting from Truro, Iowa in Sandusky, Ohio with his niece and nephew Ed and Rose Castor (parents of Annie Castor Glenn) and Maxine Worthing daugher of Walter Worthing who was son of Charlie Worthing. What a CATCH! Great day fishing.  Maxine Worthing grew up in New Concord, Ohio to become a registered nurse. She was raised by Eppa and Guy Mossholder of New Concord, Ohio.


                                             Bathing Beauties of the 1954 era

Aren't they happy girls.  Oh those are the good ole days.
Summer fun at 251 Hillside Avenue, Aurora, Illinois. Mary Fermazin and her best friend Judy Mindar enjoying "getting a tan".  I remember this year. My sister Mary got a really bad 3rd degree sunburn from too much sun.

Now we move on to 2010 with bikinis and speedos. Here is a picture of my grandson, Peter on the high school swim team and he even plays water polo in the Fall. He is really a handsome young man.  I bet the girls say, "What a hunk!". Pete, I am so proud of you. Mom and dad have done a great job.  You are indeed my pride and joy.

Peter 2010
Swim Team
Water Polo

And then one last picture from 2010 having fun on the beach in Hawaii.

© 2010, copyright Nancy Fermazin


  1. What great photos. I especially like the ones of your grandmother. Handsome grandson!

  2. What a wonderful collection of bathing beauties! I agree with Nancy, I too like those of your grandmother---what treasures to have! Thanks for sharing.

  3. They are great photos, thanks for posting them.

  4. Good chronological presentation of swimsuits. It is wonderful to find pictures that tell more stories about our grandparents.
    Good post

  5. You have an amazing collection of swimsuit pictures, Nancy. This is a fun post--very interesting.

  6. Great job! I really love your blog. Aren't those old suits a kick?