Young Bathing Beauties to be sure! My mother, Vernelle Gailey Richards, must have really trusted my daddy, Leon Richards, to be out in the middle of the lake in this boat. It looks like it's leaking. But she's holding on to him for dear life! I would imagine she was just like me and my sisters ~ never learning to swim. After all her mother, Edna Puckett Gailey, told all of us girls, "Stay OUT of the water ~ you don't know how to swim!"
I never learned exactly when or where this little photograph was taken, but I believe it must have been at a Richards family get-together around the year 1941 or 1943. I am basing that on another picture I found with what looks like the same boat with 3 little tow-headed kids in it. The lake had tree stumps that you could see all around the boat. Some of the Richards' reunions were held around Hemphill and so it could have been one of the East Texas lakes. As to the date the picture was taken, I think mother looks like she may have been pregnant (maybe that's why she wasn't IN the water instead of in that rickety boat) so it could have been before my baby brother, Jimmie Leon, was born in 1941 or me in 1943.
Mon, Jun 15, 2009 - Tue, Jun 16, 2009
Annual Swimsuit Edition