George Lott and Georgia Coleman

Submitted by Curator on Thu, 07/02/2020 - 17:55

“Jealous?—Who wouldn’t be of George Lott as the net ace canoes with pretty Georgia Coleman, diving champ, at Coral Gables, Fla.?” The caption, cut out of an unknown newspaper and taped to the back of the photograph, identify the canoeists who are paddling what appears to be a Kennebec canoe, based on the heart-shaped decks and short rail caps.

Georgia Coleman was an Olympic diver who won one gold, two silvers, and a bronze medal at the 1928 and 1932 Summer Olympics.She recovered from polio in the mid-1930s and had relearned to swim when she contracted pneumonia and died in 1940 at the age of thirty-eight.

George Lott was a champion tennis player, especially renown for his doubles championships.He won doubles championships at Wimbledon three times and was a five-time U.S. Champion. He was in Florida for the Florida Open Tournament in January 1933 when this photo was taken.