All Aboard the Good Ship Hygiene…

…and other vintage photographs of women or girls on or near ships or boats or other watercraft.

This one reminds me of the Laverne & Shirley episode where the girls inadvertently appear as “loose women” in an Army hygiene film.

I probably would’ve bought this one even if the girls weren’t in front of a boat. It’s just a cute picture. Do you think Edith and Nellie are twins? I completely overlooked their similarities until I began typing this caption. I wonder how they know Dee.

I found about a dozen different pictures of this woman scattered throughout the shop.* I wanted to take them all home and keep them together, but that would’ve cost too much. I ended up buying the two that best fit into my collection.

I call this woman “Princess Elizabeth” because of the life preserver in this picture. I like to think that she’s deposed royalty from Hawaii (or some place) and that she’s making the best of it.

Rub-a-dub-dub, five androgynous kids in a tub…or a big wheel or a barrel or something.

I always think the American flag is backwards when the stars are on the right. In fact, I thought this picture was a reverse negative until I saw the boat’s name painted on the side.

(* = I purchased these 6 pictures–and 10 others–during two recent trips to Fairlook Antiques in Seattle’s Pioneer Square neighborhood.)

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8 Responses to All Aboard the Good Ship Hygiene…

  1. I recently had a dream I was in there looking for a picture of my great aunt, the tattooed lady, Artoria. I have chatted with the man who owns the shop at antique shows in my town. He knows Ransom Riggs, he wrote a really cool book called “Miss Peregrines home for peculiar children” which is illustrated with real vintage pictures. Also he just published a book of found photos he called “Talking pictures” which is great too. I LOVE your collection of women on boats 😀 And Edith and Nellie HAVE to be twins, I think the other gal is a little sister, she seems to have the same kind of nose…

    • M-----l says:

      I spoke with the owner a couple times during my visits. He seems like a nice guy (and not as weird as some who work in the field). He mentioned the Ransom Riggs books to me and I told him about that post I did where I identified the bicycle-riding sorority sisters. We had a good chat. He’s a very trusting guy; he left me alone in his store while he went for coffee!

      I’m glad you appreciate my collection. It’s sometimes hard to stay within the confines. The other 10 pictures I bought at Fairlook have nothing to do with ships, boats, etc. It seems like I’ve also started collecting pictures of people drinking from water fountains. It just sorta happened.

  2. Melissa says:

    All I have to add is that I have that book because Ransom Riggs went to Kenyon.

  3. phantomxii says:

    Wouldn’t it be weird if the name of the boat were Hogiene or Hqgiene or something?

    • M-----l says:

      I used my Scrabble brain to determine that Hygiene was the only possibility. At least in English.

      And then I spent 2 hours trying to figure out the name of the boat in the second picture.

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