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Wreath and smile of victory

Here’s a photo from the August 26 1929 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of a young woman who had just won a swimming event in Honolulu:

Josephine McKim (1910-1992) might have been living in Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, at the time of this photograph, but she had been born in Oil City, Pennsylvania. She won the bronze medal in the 400-metre freestyle swim at the 1928 Olympic Games, and then was part of the gold medal winning team in the 4×100 freestyle relay in the 1932 Games.

After her swimming career, she ventured into movies and on the stage. She was the body double for Maureen O’Sullivan in a deleted nude swimming scene in Tarzan and His Mate (1934), and she appeared on Broadway from 1938 to 1942.

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