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The Water's Fine: 1905

The Water's Fine: 1905

"Surf bathing" is the caption for this circa 1905 photo taken somewhere along the Atlantic Coast. 8x6 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.


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Attire outliers

As loujudson noted, most of the attire is nothing close to what would be worn today, save for the few guys in shorts and T-shirts. Were they ahead of their time?

(And I'd hazard a guess that the "T.C." on the one shirt stands for "Teachers College." An early version of spring break at the beach?)

Rip Tide

They seem unaware that they're swimming in a dangerous rip current. Maybe what the rope is for.

SURF bathing?

I am so glad I live now and not then. C'mon, folks, take off your clothes!

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