"Spruce Girls" on beach wearing spruce wood veneer bathing suits during "Wood Week" to promote products of the Gray Harbor lumber industry, Hoquiam, Washington

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    "Spruce Girls" on beach wearing spruce wood veneer bathing suits during "Wood Week" to promote products of the Gray Harbor lumber industry, Hoquiam, Washington, ca. 1929

    Photographer:
    Gorst, Vern C.

    Digital Collection:
    Society and Culture Collection
    http://content.lib.washington.edu/socialweb/index.html

    Item Number: SOC1348

    Persistent URL:
    http://content.lib.washington.edu/u?/social,1350

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    sam2cents, °m°, tts., lafides, and 50 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. sam2cents 49 months ago | reply

      Sexy! Looks like they invented the mini-skirt while they were at it.
      I've heard of birch bark shoes, but never bathing suits. It seems like an interesting idea.

      Everyone here seems to be enjoying themselves.

    2. °m° 49 months ago | reply

      they are fabulous!

    3. pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) 49 months ago | reply

      Same women, same day, different pose, elsewhere in the Commons!

    4. UW Digital Collections 49 months ago | reply

      Penny - Wow, That is very interesting. Wonder if they have any more information than we do. Looks to be about the same. Thanks for pointing out the 2 pictures.

    5. Mickey Thurman 49 months ago | reply

      These are great photos. There are more available at the Jones Photo Historical Collection. Here are some more: www.jonesphotocollection.com/Obj596417
      www.jonesphotocollection.com/Obj587417
      Search 'spruce' on this site and you'll find more, along with a history of the Spruce Girls. The last one died in 2007 in Hoquiam.

    6. UW Digital Collections 49 months ago | reply

      Hokyumgrl. Thanks so much for providing the link to the Jones Photo Historical Collection. I love how the Flickr community is so helpful in researching the stories behind these photographs.

    7. pennylrichardsca (now at ipernity) 49 months ago | reply

      Do we have a prize for the Flickr Commons fan who makes her (his?) own "Spruce Girl" costume in time for Halloween? Bonus for a group of four? (Not me--I'm already working on something else--but six months should be enough time for someone to make a wood veneer swimsuit costume, or even a faux-bois swimsuit homage...)

    8. Nino H 38 months ago | reply

      Great one !

    9. cuisle west ... away awhile 30 months ago | reply

      Wooden swimsuits .... who would'a thunk it ... the better for floating perhaps. Those Washington loggers, always on the uptake for promoting their industry :-)

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