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Friday, May 27, 2016

AT THE SEASHORE

Summer is almost here! Time to don your bathing costumes and head for the shore. Don't forget to wear your bloomers.

Unfortunately, I don't know the sources of most these photos, but I've tried to identify a few.



 Brighton Swimming Club, 1863

 circa 1910


No information on this, but I love the way the lady looks



 Coney Island, date unknown

 1890's
Probably European, not exactly flattering attire. I've noticed that the European men had more revealing swimsuits at an earlier time than the Americans did. Most American men didn't  go "topless" until the late 1920's....or early'30's.

 American beachcombers, 1910

Bathing Suit Contest Winners
okay, I'm going to be vicious and brutal -
if these are the winners, I'd hate to see the losers.

 

An impromptu Isadora Duncan imitation
on a California beach


A gay time at the seaside


Horseplay




Asbury Park, New Jersey




The title of this photo is Bathing Machine Grande, but it looks like portable changing booths at high tide to me. I doubt if it's American.


 Is that the Washington Monument looming in the background?
 Is it just my warped imagination, or does the guy with his hands on his hips (third from right) look like he's in drag?

 Just to remind you that summer is the best time of year.

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23 comments:

  1. OMG I hope those ladies don't drop those fancy hats in the water. Good pictures Jon.

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    1. It must have been agony to wash clothes back then. Those dresses must have gotten ruined on the beach.

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  2. Maybe because I've shunned short pants and swimsuits since puberty, I love these 'bathing costumes'!
    Aside from the drag queen (third from right, cue!) ... I'm not so sure the beach wouldn't be more sightly, given this attire. At least for those of a 'certain age.' (*smile*)

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    1. I love those old bathing suits, but they all look incredibly uncomfortable and quite restricting.

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  3. the 1890s pic - I envision those men doing a strange monty python dance, like this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhVod-29QRk

    brighton 1863 - you just KNOW some of those guys like boyz!

    isadora duncan dancers - female AND male!

    asbury park - and not ONE sign of bruce springsteen!

    regarding the washington monument - probably a frolic in the tidal basin; and yeah, that guy knows what to do with those hips!

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    1. boy how has Asbury Park changed! I work not far from there. Have gone after work on occasions to take in the sounds of the sea.....

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    2. AM - I love the video - it's hilarious!
      Brighton was definitely an all-man club.......and those top hats are incredible!

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  4. Wheeeeee! I loved this post, as I'm a huge beach person. does the guy with his hands on his hips (third from right) look like he's in drag? There is ALWAYS one in the bunch handsome. The signs are funny, but alas, id be paying fines up the ass with the skin I show. At the beach I wear square cuts, and at the lake we go to we skinny dip!! Beautiful post. My apologies to replying to comments is slow. With guest I haven't had time. But the blogger things is driving me nuts. Some blogs are showing up in there posting time...others hours later. I have no idea what is causing it. But Im always glad to see you handsome.

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    1. I have many fond memories of Asbury Park, from when I was a child - - and also later on during my many summer visits to New Jersey.

      Blogger has so many glitches lately that it's infuriating.

      (Handsome?? Flattery will get you everywhere....)

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  5. Promenaders at Ashbury Park are picturesque and delightful --my favorite. But the sheer amount of yardage worn by the bathers is something equaled now only by graduation ceremonies. Fun collection, Jon!

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    1. P.s.: Your favorite lady --photo #5-- definitely has a Gibson Girl aura, and is lovely.

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    2. My very first thought about the lady in Photo 5 is that she looks like a Gibson girl!

      The Asbury Park photo is wonderful - and I have many fond memories of being there (that photo was taken SLIGHTLY before my time, of course...)

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  6. OMG! They look so uncomfortable in most of the pictures with all those layers of clothing. No wonder ladies could visit the beach in dresses with hats and parasols! Who'd want to actually go IN the water with all those layers? I'd be afraid I'd be weighted down and drown--LOL! Such fun to look back at the changes, though.

    PS I don't think he's in drag, but he definitely has attitude. ;)

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    1. It must have been absolutely miserable to be all dressed up on the hot sand and in the salty water. I don't know how they ever washed those clothes.

      PS his "outfit" looks kinda feminine.

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  7. Delightful trip to the beach. And to see the various modes of dress. that winter scene at the end gave me chills.

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    1. I couldn't resist including that winter scene.

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  8. I looked at all your old bathing suit pics and still don't know Victoria's Secret. What could it be?

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  9. I loved this post. I'm a huge beach lover. The women back in the day are just as beautiful as today's women. They left more to the imagination that's for sure.
    The "Cira 1910" photo, Im pretty sure these girls were being naughty by showing their bloomers! But then again, that's what won them the bathing suit contest. haha.
    Lisa

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  10. There's something very intriguing about these long-ago photos. Going to the beach was certainly an "event". I like the way they looked - even the bloomers!

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  11. Great pics! I especially like the one of the Isadora Duncan-like posers.

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  12. Some of these photos are just a tad bit awkward - but I love awkward. Makes me want to go to the beach and make a fashion statement (or more likely, scare everyone away).

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