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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • RAINIER NATIONAL PARK: c. 1920s

Beach Scene: 1908

Beach Scene: 1908

The Jersey Shore circa 1908. "The bathing hour, Atlantic City." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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When was the beach blanket invented?

Where's that Benadryl

Looking at those woolen dresses covered in sand is giving me a case of the hives. I don't even want to imagine how heavy and uncomfortable those clothes were when they got wet. I had to feel like chain mail. For those who stayed out of the water, it was probably tolerable, since they would be wearing lighter fabrics, but the swimming costumes were all wool, I believe. Brave ladies. I'd have stayed on the shore.

Blanket Statement

I'm guessing these same people would picnic on a nice park lawn or meadow and put a blanket down first thing. Why not on yucky hot sand?

I know aluminum chairs had not been invented

but not one person brought a blanket or towel to sit on. Strange.

Towels?

Apparently this was before anyone thought to bring a towel to spread on the beach sand. Looks more like a mud fight than a beach scene.

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