Old 1900's SwimsuitsPeople began to get interested in spending their free time in recreation at the beaches only after the labor laws were enforced.
The early 1900's through the 1920's is when swimming really took off.
But during the Depression of the 1930's they probably spent a lot of time at the beach too.
With these old swimsuit fashions of the 1900's, it was pretty daring for the young ladies to be showing so much "leg" in these pictures.
A lot of times they wore tights or stockings.
The first picture is from the early 1900's. The second old postcard is dated 1906. The third swimsuit postcard is dated 1907.
The first postcard on the bottom is dated 1910. The second old postcard is dated 1917. The third is called Bathing Beauty and is dated 1920.
In the 18th century women wore "bathing gowns" in the water; these were long dresses of fabrics that would not become transparent when wet, with weights sewed into the hems so that they would not rise up in the water.
The men's swim suit, a rather form fitting wool garment with long sleeves and legs, similar to long underwear, was developed and would change little for a century.
In the 19th century, the woman's two piece swimsuit became common, the two pieces being a gown from shoulders to knees plus a set of trousers with leggings going down to the ankles.
Also see Old Revere beach.
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