“SOUNDS FROM THE SEA – THE GREATEST GIRL BATHER,” SURF HISTORY DISCOVERY (1888)

This article ran in the July 31, 1888, issue of the Pittsburg Press. The unnamed woman is almost certainly a wealthy Hawaii-raised teenager named Emma Spreckels, daughter of sugar baron Claus Spreckels and great-aunt to famed 1970s surfing antihero Adolph “Bunker” Spreckels. In August, the cover drawing on the National Police Gazette—a risque and hugely…