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Circa 1890s-1900. "Beach and ladies' bathing place, Margate, England." Here we see a fixture of Victorian seaside resorts, the "bathing machine" -- a sort of horse-drawn cabana that was backed into the water and from which the lady would emerge, having changed into her bathing-petticoat, let out the back entrance by an attendant and, if an uncertain swimmer, tethered with a rope. Photochrom print, Catalogue J (1905), Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.