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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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Just wondering

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.


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.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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