Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bathing Beauties

As we are all probably enduring cold weather, I thought it would be fun to take the week and look at Bathing Beauties of a Bygone Era again. This is one of my favorite pictures, and was taken in 1922. It shows a man measuring a Girl's leg to make sure the suit meets modesty requirements of the beach. The picture was taken in Washington DC, and if you look closely, you can see the Washington Monument in the background.

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  1. Great photo. I like the look on the kid's face, rear left. He looks ready to go a few rounds.

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  2. In my old fasioned opinion, more clothes always look better than fewer clothes.

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  3. What a great occupation. I wonder
    how much he was paid a week.

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  4. I've seen this photo before, and I love it.

    What I find most interesting is that the young ladies in the picture appear to be healthy and normal, but they would probably be considered "fat" by today's anorexic swimsuit standards.

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  5. Where is there (or was there) a beach so close to the Washington Monument?

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  6. This is the Tidal Basin Beach. There was also a beach on the Potomac.

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  7. How times change. Today, she'd be classified as way over-dressed and HE'D be arrested for inappropriate touching.

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  8. Modesty requirements at a beach? Nowadays I expect that comes down basically to "no nudity."

    I agree with Dan that "more clothes always look better than fewer clothes." Using one's imagination is far more 'pleasurable'.

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  9. I don't mean to brag but I just had a great weekend of 40'c weather.
    I love these old swimsuits. Manly, Aust. has a great and sometimes amusing history of swimsuit attire and how it has moved on.

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  10. I'm old fashioned too and think we are woefully modesty challenged today. And many of the European countries have dispensed with swimsuits all together.

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  11. this picture is awesome. I love the looks on the faces of the by standers.

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