Ruth Elberfeld - About 1926 - News photo of Ruth Swimming

Ruth Elberfeld - About 1925 - News photo of Ruth Swimming  Ruth Elberfeld - About 1925 - News photo of Ruth Swimming

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This image comes from the George Grantham Bain Collection which represents one of America's earliest news picture agencies. The collection richly documents sports events, theater, celebrities, crime, strikes, disasters, political activities including the woman suffrage campaign, conventions and public celebrations. The photographs Bain produced and gathered for distribution through his news service were worldwide in their coverage, but there was a special emphasis on life in New York City. The bulk of the collection dates from the 1900s to the mid-1920s, but scattered images can be found as early as the 1860s and as late as the 1930s. (Library of Congress)

TITLE:  Ruth Elberfeld

CALL NUMBER:  LC-B2- 6233-17[P&P]

REPRODUCTION NUMBER:  LC-DIG-ggbain-37393 (digital file from original negative)

RIGHTS INFORMATION:  No known restrictions on publication.

MEDIUM:  1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

CREATED/PUBLISHED:  [no date recorded on caption card]


Bain News Service, publisher.


Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.

Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

General information about the Bain Collection is available at

Temp. note: Batch eight loaded.


Glass negatives.

REPOSITORY:  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

DIGITAL ID:  (digital file from original neg.) ggbain 37393

CONTROL #:  ggb2006012806

Best guess for photo:

March 6, 1926 - Gastonia Daily Gazette Gastonia NC

MEMPHIS. Tenn-, Mar. 6.-(AP) -Star mermaids from Chattanooga, Birmingham, Detroit, Charlotte, N. C., and Memphis meet in competition here tonight in the National A. A. U. 300 yard junior medley: for women- Entrants for this race include; Ruth Elberfeld- Birmingham, B. A. C.; Dorothy Elberfeld, Chattanooga; Betty Burch, Charlotte; Edward Ina Kranick, Detroit, W. A. C. and Helen Broom, Laren, Ark. On addition to the main meet several others an the program including an attempt by Pery Poole, Memphis, to break the National record for the 440 yard free style swim.

1926 03 06 Gastonia Daily Gazette Gastonia NC