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It’s off to the beach or seaside with Sepia Saturday. Here’s a few photos of some bathing beauties.

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The Mermaid Club, 1910

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Source: Library of Congress, 1914

Olympic Swimmers, 1912

Source: National Library of Ireland, 1914. Two children at the beach

Source: Library of Congress

Source: Library of Congress

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jofeath
    Jul 24, 2015 @ 20:59:22

    Not exactly flattering costumes back then! The beach in that last photograph doesn’t look very enticing, but I love the photo of the two little Irish kids looking back towards their parents (probably).

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    • smkelly8
      Jul 25, 2015 @ 09:47:44

      And before this they wore suits with bloomers and sleeves, fine I suppose for wading, but for swimming. I wonder when color and pattern found their way into swimming fashion.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. alanburnett1
    Jul 25, 2015 @ 03:59:29

    You brought a smile to my face. Is that last picture of Morecambe (I couldn’t quite make out the writing). If so it has to be said that it is an acquired taste.

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  3. susan
    Jul 25, 2015 @ 13:03:52

    Fascinating old photographs, though only one of the Mermaid Club looks happy to be pictured in those shapeless costumes. Is that an early beach barbecue spotted on the Morecambe Beach – the man in a white apron on the left of the picture looks to be serving something?

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  4. Mike Brubaker
    Jul 25, 2015 @ 22:18:54

    The photo of the Irish children is quite artful. I think most seaside postcards of the 1900s, no matter the continent, are always scenes of people digging in the sand (or shingle) and staring at the water. No one is ever seen swimming.

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  5. boobook48
    Jul 26, 2015 @ 07:11:35

    I like the Irish one too but I keep going back to the first one, the Mermaid Club. The fabric in the costumes is quite revealing even though the design is coverup.

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  6. Tattered and Lost
    Jul 27, 2015 @ 00:08:16

    The last one is fascinating. It looks sort of industrial with the building with the stacks off in the distance. And everyone looks so busy.

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