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Bathing Beauties

In 1890s, the clumsy Victorian-style bathing costumes were becoming burdensome.Created by: PICRYLDated: 2018
[On the beach, Atlantic City, N.J.]
In 1860s, a bathing outfit could weigh as much as 20 pounds and cover up as much as the full street dress. Later, lighter-weight version features a knee-length gored skirt that buttons over a one-piece romper, topped off with a jaunty cap appeared. By the end of the 19th-century people were flocking to the oceanside beaches for popular seaside activities such as swimming, surf bathing, and diving. A need for a new style bathing suit that retained modesty but was free enough to allow the young lady to engage in swimming was obvious.
By 1910 bathing suits no longer camouflaged the contours of the female body. The yards of fabric used in Victorian bathing skirts and bloomers were reduced to show a little more of the figure and to allow for exposure to the sun.
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Bathing ...by Beechams

Bathing ...by Beechams

Dressed in the popular ''sailor suits'', the children in this photograph seem to be enjoying themselves in the waves. Behind them are the wheeled bathing huts, which judging by the large advertising boards tha... more

Seashore bathing

Seashore bathing

No publication information. (DLC/PP-1933:0175). Forms part of: Cabinet of American illustration (Library of Congress).

Leaning against a dory, c. 1880s

Leaning against a dory, c. 1880s

View of three women and four children at the beach,.sitting and leaning on a dory. Beach unknown. c. 1880s...Image number: F4802

[Frances Benjamin Johnston, full-length portrait, standing at edge of ocean, in bathing suit, with left hand on boat, facing right]

[Frances Benjamin Johnston, full-length portrait, standing at edge of ...

Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection (Library of Congress).

Teasing
New York - a scene at Long Beach, the new and popular seaside resort / from a sketch by a staff artist.

New York - a scene at Long Beach, the new and popular seaside resort /...

People on beach and in the water, Long Beach, New York. Illus. in: Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper, v. 54 (1882 Aug. 12), p. 389.

Alfred Rogers (Grocer)

Alfred Rogers (Grocer)

Persistent URL: digital.lib.muohio.edu/u?/tradecards,3465 ( http://digital.lib.muohio.edu/u?/tradecards,3465 ) .. Subject (TGM): Tobacco products; Blind persons; Beaches; Seas; Bathing suits; Grocery stores;

Jetties Beach, c. 1890s

Jetties Beach, c. 1890s

Cyanotype of crowd at Jetties Beach. c. 1890s...Image number: P10301

Umbrellas at Jetties Beach, c. 1890s

Umbrellas at Jetties Beach, c. 1890s

A large crowd at Jetties beach, both spectators and swimmers. Many umbrellas are in view and one carriage is parked on the beach. c. 1890s...Image number: GPN4279

Beach and bathers south from the pier, Atlantic City, N. J.

Beach and bathers south from the pier, Atlantic City, N. J.

Photograph shows a crowded beach with individuals dressed in bathing suits wading and swimming in the ocean; others fully dressed and walk along the beach's edge or are clustered in groups near shops on pier. C... more

Ah there! Coney Island

Ah there! Coney Island

Five bathing beauties posed on beach. 54957C2 U.S. Copyright Office.

Heartbreakers along the seashore

Heartbreakers along the seashore

Two women and man standing ankle-deep in water. 8456(?) U.S. Copyright Office.

Harper's July

Harper's July

Man in swim suit standing in water at beach. Promotional goal: U.S. D42.

Vacation sports at the seaside

Vacation sports at the seaside

Stereograph shows women in bathing suits striking poses on the beach at Coney Island. 8433 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright 1897 by Strohmeyer & Wyman. On mount: Sold only by Underwood & Underwood, New York, Lo... more

Jetties Beach, 1900s

Jetties Beach, 1900s

Jetties Beach with a crowd onshore and in the water. Photographer: Henry S. Wyer. c. 1900s...Image number: P15979

Bathing Beauties at Jetties Beach, c. 1900s

Bathing Beauties at Jetties Beach, c. 1900s

Group of four women and one man in bathing costumes, at Jetties Beach. c. 1900s.

Red Rover?, c. 1900s

Red Rover?, c. 1900s

Boys and young men in the water at Jetties Beach. c. 1900s...Image number: F13

Crowd at Jetties Beach, c. 1900s

Crowd at Jetties Beach, c. 1900s

Crowds at Jetties Beach, with a few people in bathing costumes. Note the baby carriage in the center of the image. c. 1900s...Image number: P3498

On the beach

On the beach

Photograph shows portrait of young woman wearing turn-of-the-century bathing suit, posed holding unidentifiable product. Copyrighted 1901 by Eddowes Bros. N.Y. Title from item.

On the beach

On the beach

Two girls wearing bathing clothing, posed in front of beach backdrop. H21477 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by the Ullman Mfg. Co., New York.

Manhattan Beach

Manhattan Beach

H20194 U.S. Copyright Office Copyright deposit; B. J. Falk; July 24, 1902; DLC/PP-1902:41646. Copyright claimant's address: Waldorf-Astoria, N.Y.

"In the good old summer time" at Coney Island

"In the good old summer time" at Coney Island

Stereograph showing beach goers, in swimsuits, wading in the water by holding onto rope.

Miss Swim

Miss Swim

Photograph shows portrait of young woman wearing bathing suit holding a parasol. Copyrighted 1904. Title from item.

Posing
Giddap
Family at Jetties Beach, 1906

Family at Jetties Beach, 1906

A group of people at Jetties Beach, some in bathing suits. Label states: "Mother in the black suit with white collar, and her sister, Aunt Fan, in all white dress. Fat Aunt Fan never appeared in a bathing suit.... more

[Young women on the beach]

[Young women on the beach]

Photograph shows four young women wearing bathing suits sitting on sand mound at the beach. Copyright 1906 by Underwood & Underwood. Title devised by Library staff.

[Seven Mack Sennett bathing beauties standing around a car]

[Seven Mack Sennett bathing beauties standing around a car]

National Photo Company Collection. No. 6031.

Luncheon at the bath

Luncheon at the bath

Children in bathing suits eating watermelon. National Photo Company Collection.

A beautiful camera fiend tempter

A beautiful camera fiend tempter

Woman in bathing suit lying on beach.

[Girls in bathing suits holding up the devil]

[Girls in bathing suits holding up the devil]

No publication information. Gift; Mrs. Peter Grant; 1940; (DLC/PP-1940:008). Forms part of: Cabinet of American illustration (Library of Congress).

Portrait of Mina Wylie

Portrait of Mina Wylie

Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie were Australia’s first women Olympians, winning gold and silver in the 100 metres freestyle, Stockholm, 1912..Format: Photograph..Find more detailed information about this photograph... more

Portrait of Mina Wylie

Portrait of Mina Wylie

Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie were Australia’s first women Olympians, winning gold and silver in the 100 metres freestyle, Stockholm, 1912..Format: Photograph..Find more detailed information about this photograph... more

The grizzly bare / G. Ross.

The grizzly bare / G. Ross.

Illustration shows an attractive young woman and an old, bald man dancing the Grizzly Bear dance on the shore of a beach next to lobsters, crabs, and fish, as well as other beach goers in the background. Title ... more

[Young man splashing a young woman with water at the beach] / John E. Sutcliffe.

[Young man splashing a young woman with water at the beach] / John E. ...

Title from item. Caption: "Now, stop it! Oh, please! / Did you hear what I said?" / She calls him a tease; / "Now, stop it! Oh, please!" / She cries in high keys. / But she means, Go ahead! / "Now, stop it! Oh,... more

What are the wild wives saying? / W.E. Hill '13.

What are the wild wives saying? / W.E. Hill '13.

Illustration shows a shapely, beautiful young woman standing on the beach between two male admirers, whose wives look on with disapproval from the background. Title from item. Illus. in: Puck, v. 74, no. 1904 (... more

[Young woman in bathing suit with small dog in front of studio backdrop of beach]

[Young woman in bathing suit with small dog in front of studio backdro...

J181469 U.S. Copyright Office. Copyright by Stadler. No. 588.

Mina Wylie, Coogee, 1913

Mina Wylie, Coogee, 1913

Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie were Australia’s first women Olympians, winning gold and silver in the 100 metres freestyle, Stockholm, 1912..Format: Photograph..Find more detailed information about this photograph... more

Coney Island girl - No. 625

Coney Island girl - No. 625

Photograph shows young woman in photographer's studio standing on platform posed in bathing suit pretending to dive. Copyright by Rochester Photo Press, Rochester, N. Y. Title from item.

W.A.A.C's on the sands somewhere in France

W.A.A.C's on the sands somewhere in France

Women's Auxiliary Army Corps members, France, during World War I. This photograph, which is attributed to Tom Aitken, shows a group of women from the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) on the beach beside a to... more

Both winners / B.W. ; painted by B. Wennerberg.

Both winners / B.W. ; painted by B. Wennerberg.

Illustration shows two beautiful young women riding large fish in a race. Title from item. Illus. in: Puck, v. 76, no. 1960 (1914 September 26), cover. Copyright 1914 by Puck Publishing Corporation.

The serenade / B.W. ; by B. Wennerberg.

The serenade / B.W. ; by B. Wennerberg.

Illustration shows an attractive young woman wearing a green swimsuit, sitting on a beach where a lobster has come to the surface with a banjo to serenade her.

Follow the flag / Goldbeck ; painted by W.D. Goldbeck.

Follow the flag / Goldbeck ; painted by W.D. Goldbeck.

Illustration shows a beautiful young woman standing on the shore at a beach, wearing an American flag motif swimsuit. Title from item. Illus. in: Puck, v. 75, no. 1948 (1914 July 4), cover. Copyright 1914 by Pu... more