The Spruce Girls

Before there was The Spice Girls
There was The Spruce Girls

Spruce Girls Color
Spruce Girls Color

Wood Week In Washington State 1929, spruce veneer bathing suits.

The Spruce Girls won their way into America’s heart’s way before there was a such thing as the Spice Girls.

Women in two piece veneer bathing suits where the first role models for wood.


Vern C. Gorst,

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In 1929 The Logging industry in Washington State, cheerleaders for wood.

“Spruce Girls” on beach wearing spruce wood veneer bathing suits during “Wood Week” to promote products of the Gray Harbor lumber industry, Hoquiam, Washington

Traveling from Store to store, opening in  a  Fair. They road on a open booth train. Waving and smiling. These were some of the first female spoke’s women for sexuality able to sell wood. If you can wrap yourself in veneer and think your not pulling a lady gaga, I don’t care if it is 1929. You got something going on. Selling wood has always been America’s best possession.

Before Pamela Anderson sold tools for “TOOL TIME”, people already needed wood. Building America, required  resources. Washington State has provided America with miles of lumber. To build and sustain our lives. But just to show you how far back in advertising sex goes, I present “The Spruce Girls.”

The Spruce Girls
The Spruce Girls
Vern Centennial Gorst

Courtesy of

University of Washington


A Pacific Northwest adventurer and transportation pioneer, Vern Centennial Gorst was born on August 18, 1876 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1888, the Gorst family relocated to the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State. From an early age, Gorst displayed an entrepreneurial spirit and a fascination with transportation. He began his first transportation business at age 13, moving chickens across Port Orchard bay using a log raft he had constructed himself. As a young man, Gorst spent several successful years prospecting in Alaska during the gold rush. Later he returned to Puget Sound to invest his gold earnings in the arena of transportation. Over the next several decades, Gorst set to work building a number of transportation companies, with his focus eventually shifting to aviation when, at age 38, he became a self-taught pilot. In 1925, Gorst’s interest in flying won him a bid for the first contracted airmail service between Seattle and Los Angeles, and Pacific Air Transport was born. Gorst continued to be an entrepreneur of aviation, starting Seattle Flying Service in 1928, and creating other airline companies including Gorst Air Transport in 1929, Barnes and Gorst Air Mail, and Victoria Air Mail. Vern Gorst died in Portland, Oregon in 1953.

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