Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Chucks


Wordless Wednesday is a daily prompt at Geneabloggers that asks family historians to create a post in which the main focus is a photograph or image.

Helen is on the right.

My great-aunt Helen Killeen Parker must have had a wonderful summer at Ocean View in Norfolk, Virginia.  Her photo album is full of pictures of her and her friends enjoying the sea and sand. Based on other dated photos, the pictures were taken sometime between 1918 and 1920.

The photo is captioned “Chucks.”  What does that mean? I have Googled slang, flapper slang, 1920s slang, etc. but without success. Helen used that same caption for other group photos too, so my best guess is that it means friends.




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  1. Love the vintage swimming attire!

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    1. How did they swim with all those clothes?

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  2. Yes, the swimming outfits are great. I am surprised the women are not wearing black stockings under their swim dresses.

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    1. You know your swimsuits! Actually in other pictures the girls are wearing black stockings. Helen must've been daring. I wonder if going stockingless was the 1920 equivalent of a thong.

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  3. Look at all that skin! I don't know what Chucks are except for a nickname for Charles and those blue pads they put underneath you when you are in the hospital in case of accidents. :>)

    Postcards will be mailed today, Ms. Wendy!

    Kathy M.

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    1. And slang for Chuck Taylor Converse tennis shoes.
      I need to buy post card stamps.

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  4. Great photo! Look at that "tent" in the background. I wonder what the story is with that. And who does the boat belong to? Was the young man in all the photos? Maybe he's "Chucks," short for Charles.

    Those swim caps they are wearing are pretty cute too!

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    1. I wondered about the tent too because they were in a beach house in several pictures, so I don't think they were camping on the beach. Maybe SOMEBODY was. I've looked at the other photos labeled "Chucks" and none of the men look like the one in this photo. One photo is a man by himself, labeled "Big Chuck." He is also in a picture with Helen and another girl, labeled "Chucks."

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    1. eh - I don't think so since the "s" is lower case and connected to "chuck" in script rather than print.

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  6. I love those dresses...or were they bathing suits? That fashion suits me well :)

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    1. Bathing suits! I wonder if they were heavy.

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  7. Love the fashion in this picture! I am not sure what "Chucks" means as my first thought was the popular shoes referred to as "Chucks". Found you on Arlee Birds blog- definitely will be popping back over :)

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