In the 1880s, famed French actress Sarah Bernhardt posed for what is quite possibly the world's most awkward photograph never to be taken at a high school dance. This picture is one of two notable nautical portraits Bernhardt posed for, both of which are catalogued by the Library of Congress.
Sadly, these charming shots are devoid of context. The former sees "Miss Bernhardt, full-length portrait, seated, facing slightly right, with person in deep sea diving gear standing alongside," whereas the latter depicts Bernhardt as the "Ocean Empress."
Under the direction of Jack Cheaney of the Los Angeles playground department, the amateur divers have equipped themselves with complete homemade outfits constructed from odds and ends. Sections of water heating tanks, fitted with windows, provide suitable helmets for the sub-surface workers. Ordinary garden hose is attached to bicycle pumps which furnish up to 20 pounds of air pressure.
Was the Suicide Club actually a sting operation to get grossly neglected teens into foster homes? This is a fair assumption.