Florida-Towel Bathing Suit of the 1950s

A prominent fashion photographer in the 1940s and 1950s, Nina Leen was one of the first female photographers to work for LIFE magazine. She grew up in Europe (Russian born) and her first camera was a Rolleiflex which she used to primarily photograph animals. Nina Leen is mostly known for her animal photography, but inContinue reading “Florida-Towel Bathing Suit of the 1950s”

20 Interesting Photos Showing Daytona Bike Week in 1980

For a brief period of time before the over-commercialized vendor spectacle its now become, Daytona Bike Week included a wide variety of spectator activities that revolved around racing – any way, anytime, anywhere. The sand drags were tolerated by the community of Daytona Shores, while at the Cabbage Patch racing for pinks was a catContinue reading “20 Interesting Photos Showing Daytona Bike Week in 1980”

16 Wonderful Photos From the 1959 A.A.U Swimming and Diving Championships in Palm Beach, Florida

The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is an amateur sports organization based in the United States. A multi-sport organization, the AAU is dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs. It claims to have over 670,000 participants and over 100,000 volunteers. The AAU was founded in 1888 by William BuckinghamContinue reading “16 Wonderful Photos From the 1959 A.A.U Swimming and Diving Championships in Palm Beach, Florida”

25 Vintage Photos of Elvis Presley’s Concerts at the Florida Theatre on August 10 & 11, 1956

Elvis appeared at the Florida Theatre in Jacksonville, FL. Juvenile Court Judge Marion Gooding warned Elvis in chambers after the first show that he must tone down his act. Elvis told reporters “I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong”. Elvis modifies his show nonetheless, wiggling his little finger suggestively with a gesture that replacesContinue reading “25 Vintage Photos of Elvis Presley’s Concerts at the Florida Theatre on August 10 & 11, 1956”

22 Amazing Vintage Photographs Showing Daily Life of Circus Girls in Sarasota, Florida in 1949

In 1949, LIFE sent Nina Leen to document the daily life of a sassy troupe of young women who had run off and joined the famous Barnum & Bailey Circus in Sarasota, Florida. What developed was a portrait of a sisterhood formed over acrobatics that mixed high-flying wire acts with fashionable high-waisted shorts. Sarasota wasContinue reading “22 Amazing Vintage Photographs Showing Daily Life of Circus Girls in Sarasota, Florida in 1949”