Christine Jorgensen was the first person widely known to have undergone sex reassignment surgery in the United States. She was also the first trans-activist who encouraged transsexual people to change their birth certificates and live their true identity in every way.
The decline of the Borscht Belt coincided with the decline of blatant racial discrimination, and the democratization of air travel, once only reserved for the wealthiest Americans. Now exotic and distant destinations were only a flight away, and a lavish local resort looked old fashioned in comparison.
Auto Polo was popularized by Ralph “Pappy” Hankinson as stunt to sell more Model T cars in 1911. The sport functions much like Equestrian Polo, similar rules and equipment, but replaces horses with automotives.
I discovered these photographs while looking through LIFE magazine archives, and was struck by how bizarre they are, but more fascinating is how they seem to forecast pop culture's fascination with animals being cute in human ways. In the early 1940s, LIFE reported on a story whereby a woman had adopted an orphaned baby squirrel