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Time and Tide: 1920

Time and Tide: 1920

The Jersey Shore circa 1920. "Atlantic City bathers and Steel Pier." 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Walking Wounded?

Three fellows caught my eye: one has a bandage on his left shoulder, one has a bandage on his right shin, the other looks to have put down his cane in the foc's'cle of the boat.

[Right-shin guy's "bandage" is a splash. - tterrace]

Bathing suit evolution

I was surprised that this one wasn't sooner than 1920, because of the fact that the bathing suits still looked like 10-15 years earlier while, just a couple years later, they were wearing the wool sleeveless suits that exposed most of the thigh. I wonder if it was regional, in part, that the skimpier suits started farther south and worked their way farther north. A few of them in this photo have shorter sleeves, but most still look like they are wearing the lighter corsettes under them. The wool suits, scratchy as they sound, would have been quite liberating over all the layers and layers. I just had another thought, though. When they got wet, they would have made the girl smell like a wet sheep!

 
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