Monday, 17 August 2009

Considerably More Suit than Bathing

I'm amused that many bathing suits from the past required more fabric than entire ensembles today. That being said, I do enjoy not being weighed down by thirty pounds of wet wool whilst splashing about in the surf.



1890s Brighton Beach, New York
I'm guessing that the rope is for assisting with not being sucked under by the aforementioned 30 pounds of bathing suit

1893: What's with the strange little carriage in the water? I don't remember the technical name for it, but women used to get into these little horse drawn huts on land, which would be driven into the water and turned around so those on the beach would be less able to see a lady in her shockingly indecent bathing garments. She would get changed inside on the way out, hang out on the steps on the back- again, actual swimming was pretty difficult to pull off in some of those bathing suits, and then get changed back into her regular clothes on the way back to land!





1922: Yes, they are measuring the distance between the girl's knee and the hem of her bathing suit. If it's too short she'll be fined or even arrested!

And lastly these two, from 1905, because they're just cute.


willawisp said...

Brilliant :) That measuring thing is just like being at school - that's what teachers used to do to our skirts!

Whyte Fairy said...

Really? I knew they used to do it in some places in the states in the early '60s. I'm really glad that I never had to wear a school uniform.