I found these vintage swim basket tags in my favorite antique store here in Salt Lake and have finally put some of them up in my shop. I have a couple more to work on but haven't decided how to use them yet, I wanted each one to be different. They were found with a metal detector which makes me want one of those even more. An underwater metal detector to be specific, to accompany James and I on our dives. I know I've lost countless precious items in lakes and waters and I'm sure I'm not the only clumsly one out there. Anyway, back to the swim tags. I particularly love these because they came from Saltair and the Saltair has quite a history of it's own. It was built in 1893 with the idea that it would become the Coney Island of the West, and it was for some number of years. It hit it's hayday around the early 1920's and then after a couple fires and rebuilidings, the Great Depression and the invent of motion pictures, travel out to the beaches of Saltair slowed. Despite having the world's largest dance floor for a time and showing movies at Saltair, it never regained it's early popularity and eventually closed it's doors for good after an arson fire in 1970. It was later reopened in the 1980's and now sits as a concert and special event venue, but it's grandeur is mostly gone and only visited through photographs and, vintage swim tags.
Also, I have yet to test this out for myself, but apparently you can't sink in the Great Salt Lake due to the high salt content. Scientific experiments will commence on this next summer.