Promontory Point in the 1940s

A recent Digital Library, taken by Charles Cushman between 1938 and 1969.

Of particular interest are the Promontory Point in the early 1940s. Through Cushman’s keen eye, we can see the Point was a special place even back then, when its great trees were mere saplings.

But Cushman was apparently drawn less to the landscape and water features of the Point than to the… human features. Specifically, women in bathing attire. The Point just happened to be an unusually rich source of subjects.

Here’s a sampling of Cushman’s work, with his original captions. The entire collection is available here.

Lake front on clear day. View north from 55 St. Prom., 7/12/1946

Big fleecy clouds in blue sky above 55 st. Promontory with Anonymous summer transient in foreground, 7/5/1945

Girl bathers and girl fisher -Pt. Of rocks, 7/18/1942

Comely and Blonde Mrs. Schneider poses astride rock off Promontory point while camera wades, 8/12/1941

A brunette and a tanned blonde, 7/30/1941

3 Girls and a boy form an octopus in sunshine, Promontory Pt, 7/1941

Vacation days for hyde Park schoolgirls at Promontory, 6/27/1941

Flower- suited sun bathers at 55th St. Promontory, 5/29/1941

Wave breaks along 55th St. Promontory, 5/23/1941

Ice floe retreats, Lake Michigan, first hot day of spring Three views of green grass, blue lake & sky, and white ice, from point off 55th St, 4/12/1941

Ice floe retreats, Lake Michigan, first hot day of spring Three views of green grass, blue lake & sky, and white ice, from point off 55th St, 4/12/1941

Snow-covered 55th St Promontory + Lake View south from 55th St. Promontory, 2/9/1941

Posted 02 April 2012 in: local Tags: Promontory Point