A couple of weeks ago, I stopped by the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s office to go through their Seattle Boat Show photo archives.
I was looking for old photos to run with our story about the show and the association’s 65th anniversary and figured I’d find some good ones. But it was better than that. It was a veritable gold mine of vintage images.
The photos provide a fascinating look at how the show, and boating generally, have changed over the decades. The boats gradually get bigger, the electronics smaller, the displays slicker.
I especially liked the photos of boat show girls decked out in the latest ‘60s and ‘70s fashions. The NMTA scrapped the politically incorrect practice of choosing a boat show queen sometime in the ‘70s, so sadly, there are no images of boat show babes from the 1980s on. I can only imagine how fantastic the hair and clothes would have been.
There were too many great images to run with our story (it can be read here; be sure to click through the slide show) but the rest were too good not to share. And a few seemed worth sharing again.
So here are a few additional photos from the NMTA’s collection. The first is of Monica Mygott, Miss Boat Show 1967, who went on to become Miss Boat Show USA later that year.
Nautical skirts, 1977:
Miss Boat Show in bell bottoms, year unknown:Original art work made for the 1965 boat show:
The 1981 show’s campaign featured a pirate theme (and the tagline “Worth every doubloon”):