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West Palm: 1910

West Palm: 1910

Circa 1910. "Bathing at West Palm Beach, Florida." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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There's nothing quite as comfortable as sitting down in the sand in a suit, a bowler, and a pair of freshly shined cordovans.


Knowing how hot it can be on the beach in West Palm I wonder which is worse, sweating under those heavy dresses or wearing the damp, sticky, full length bathing suit? The good old days weren't always good.

[The Florida beaches were winter resorts. People didn't go there when it was hot. - Dave]

But that would mean...gasp...that some of them are wearing white after Labor Day!

As someone observed many Shorpy beach pix ago

Not a beach blanket, sit-upon or sand shield in sight. I just looked at a Venice Beach, California, photo dated 1920 and a few people (still in suits and dresses) were using some kind of cloth under them. But I do wonder when it was that the first person slapped him/herself on the forehead and said, "Next time we come to the beach, let's bring something to sit on, OK?"

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