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"Diving In" and "Taking the Plunge" are iconic advertising pieces
made in the late 1950s.
Frank and Florenz Clark designed an image for Jantzen in the 1920s to illustrate the company's slogan "the Suit that Changed Bathing to Swimming." The inspiration for the image occurred when Florenz Clark went to a Portland amateur athletic club and watched women divers training for the 1920 Olympics. Inspired by their grace, she and her husband came up with this image. It was soon titled the Red Diving Girl. In 1922 Jantzen printed 10,000 stickers featuring this image.
In 1959 six of these 19 ½ foot pieces were made with four known to still exist. This one was first displayed in Miami and then made its way north and has graced Stamie's in Dayton Beach since 1965.
These two images are also a great illustration of the changing color of light that occurs throughout the day.
© 2014 Jeffrey Stoner Photography.
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Red Diving Girl