Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Day at the Beach



Recreation Week continues with this picture of people enjoying a day at the beach. The picture was taken in New York around 1900. I love the old style bathing suits.

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  1. Neat photo. I love how most of the women are clustered demurely behind the hale and hearty men. I like the old suits too and believe most were made of wool. My oldest daughter (18) is into historical costuming and is planning to make a swimsuit similar to what these women are wearing. It should be interesting!
    -Anne K.

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  2. Wool has the advantage of feeling warm even when it gets wet.

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  3. But doesn't it get heavy? Seems like the women in particular would be unable to swim in those suits? They would sink rather than swim...maybe they just waded?

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    1. Yes, I'm sure that the women "in particular" were so demure and frail that they could barely keep themselves above water with those suits on....oh my, what ever would they do if more than an ankle got wet?

      Do you even think before you open your mouth or type a sentence?

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  4. Itchy, waterlogged, heavy, smelly wool bathing suits. Yeah, I really want one of those.

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    1. Yep. Clammy, and clingy, too. They were horrible.

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  5. The ladies swimsuits back then were made from wool, but a lightweight wool. True, a wool suit is heavier than what people wear today, but they were also more modest and flattering than the skin-tight suits (or bikinis) ladies wear now days. Wool can be surprisingly soft especially if you buy the tropical-weight (thinner type) recommended for swimsuits. Personally, I think they are very cute and would like to try one.

    -Veronica

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  6. What I find interesting is the length of the men's shorts. Today the knee-length shorts are popular again.

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  7. Lots of talk about heavy swimsuits, which is true, but many couldn't swim anyway, so few ventured out very far. The rope line behind the crowd was for the many who couldn't swim, so they could wade out while holding on to the line and enjoy the water.

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