Omaha’s Mermaid, 1920s

My husband’s great grandmother, Corinne Condon, was a champion swimmer and named Omaha’s mermaid by the local newspapers.

Corinne Condon, age 13, 1924.

Corinne Condon, c. 1923-4.


The hand-tinted photo above is of Corinne between the ages of 12 and 14.  She began swimming only a few years earlier at the age of 10, and trained in the pool at the hospital her father owned (Nicholas Senn Hospital.)  When this photo was taken, she was already a champion swimmer, and the below article documents her success:


I love the formality of this photo.  Quite different from her candid photo in the park!  I also love her peplum swimsuit! Perhaps one of these days I’ll discuss the evolution of swimwear…



Filed under 1920s, Family History, Photograph

7 responses to “Omaha’s Mermaid, 1920s

  1. Very nice. It is great that you have these photos and news articles.

  2. We would love to post that at toemail if you do not mind?

  3. I hope you do a piece on the evolution of swimwear – would love to see that! Thanks for joining my fun, too.

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