Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Vintage 1960s 'cheesecake' bikini photos from the Miami Beach News Bureau

Via Miami New Times:
In the early 1920s, when Carl Fisher was building Miami Beach and his fortune, he decided he needed a publicist to get the word out about his new city. In 1924, he hired Steve Hannagan, a press agent that Fisher once worked with in Indianapolis. A year later, Hannagan opened the Miami Beach News Bureau and staffed it with writers and photographers. Their job: supplying northern newspapers with stories and photos of Fisher's Miami Beach in hopes of luring tourists to the new island city.

Early on, Hannagan hit upon the idea of having his photographers take pictures of high-school girls at the beach. During the winter, Hannagan would send the photos to northern newspapers, which gladly printed them.

Thus began a cottage industry of Miami Beach "cheesecake" photos that thrived to the point that the city itself eventually hired a full-time bikini photographer on the taxpayer payroll. That strange, mostly forgotten era is illuminated in a recently rediscovered treasure trove of News Bureau promotional shots, mostly from the 1960s.

Click here to read the complete story at Miami New Times


Karen Holland
All photos circa 1960s, via Miami Beach Digital Archives.
Jean Hanna
Jackie Modisette
Gail Andrea
Jackie Modisette
Sandee Panco
Jean Pinder
Jean Pinder
Sandy Blum
Pat Thomas
Peggy Slankard
Patti McCully
Toby Birne
Peppi Hausman
Nikki O'Conner
Blanche Devereaux
Nancy McLean
Priscilla Hairston
Dominique Doherty
Maureen Solomon
Diana Varga
Adrienne Bourbeau

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