Historical Society of Topsail Island Meeting
Bathing suits could seem like an unlikely topic for a historical society program! However, on Thursday, Oct. 11, the Historical Society of Topsail Island will have a presentation that looks at bathing suits from 1910 to the 1960s through vintage ads. From the early suits that look like dresses in the early 1900s to the baby doll look of the sixties, this program will show a little slice of what life was like during the roaring 20s, the Great Depression, World War II, the Fifties and Sixties. Women and men will see many examples of what has been worn to the beach over the years.
Elaine Blackmon Henson, a native of Wilmington and former elementary teacher, will be the guest speaker. Ms. Henson has enjoyed a hobby of collecting vintage postcards and ads and has authored a book, “Carolina Beach: A Postcard History.” She has also written many articles for local magazines on vintage bathing suits, ads and post cards.
HSTI meetings begin at 11:30 a.m. with a catered luncheon, provided in October by the Home Port Restaurant of Topsail Beach. The cost of the meal is $10 ($9 for 70 and older) and reservations for the lunch must be made by Mon., Oct. 8 by calling Jane Combs 328-2327. The meetings are at the Assembly Building at 720 Channel Blvd. in Topsail Beach. Visitors are welcome.