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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Mermaid Club: 1920

Mermaid Club: 1920

"Mermaid Club, Philadelphia." Members in bathing suits circa 1920. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Swimsuits

Look over these 1934 (!) swimsuits in Technicolor from a clip posted on YouTube. The full 19 min movie is from the Busby Berkely DVD "Dames".

Old vs now

Casting my vote FOR modern string bikinis.

Question

What you gonna do with all that frump, all that frump inside that trunk?

They Are The Egg Men

Something about that bathing headwear reminds me of the "I Am The Walrus" segment from "Magical Mystery Tour."

Super

Revealing, yet bunchy.

Swimsuits

I think I would rather see girls walking around in these than modern string bikinis.

Speedo....

...the early years.

Swimwear

These bathing suits are actually quite revealing.

 
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