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Title: Gertrude Ederle

Description: Gertrude Ederle (Gertrude Caroline "Trudy" Ederle; AKA: Queen of the Waves; 1905-2003), American Olympics swimming champion (1924 gold medalist for freestyle) and competitive swimmer, shown with Grover Whalen (Grover Aloysius Whalen; 1886-1962), American politician, businessman and unofficial NYC greeter during the 1920s-1940s; Ederle is shown when was given the first tickertape parade in NYC, with more than two million spectators in lower Manhattan shouting along the line of her procession: "Trudy! Trudy! Trudy!" Ederle was celebrated as the first woman to swim the English Channel on August 6, 1926, beating all records to that time, including those set by men, swimming from Cap Gris-Nez, France, beginning at 7:05 a.m., reaching England fourteen hours and thirty-one minutes later, a record that stood until 1950, when Florence Chadwick swam the Channel in thirteen hours and twenty minutes; Ederle was later injured from a serious fall, doctors saying that she would never walk again, but through gritty resolution and many operations she not only walked again, but was one of the swimming star attractions at New York's World's Fair in 1939, where, according to her promoter, Billy Rose (William "Billy" Rose; 1899-1966), American impresario, lyricist and theatrical showman, she swam "like a bat out of hell" Ederle starred as herself in the 1927 silent film Swim, Girl, Swim; competitive swimmers; English Channel swimmers;

Location: New York, New York, August 27, 1926

Keywords: Olympic swimming champions, swimmers, swimming champions, women swimmers

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 1200 x 2143 (2.57 MPixels) (1.79)

Print Size: 10.2 x 18.1 cm; 4.0 x 7.1 inches

File Size: 7.37 MB (7,723,602 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000096129

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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