Bathing Suit parade

Seal Beach, California, July 14, 1918.

I am in love with this photo. Thanks, Library of Congress.


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12 Responses to Bathing Suit parade

  1. Stevie says:

    Great great great!!!!!! Look at those faces and those poses! Never mind the ensembles! I’ve got a pic of my grandma at Far Rockaway in 1920 – I’ll try to dig it up and scan it. xxx

  2. Glenn says:

    Oh my! All those exposed knees are enraging my male hormones – must look away – must repent – must…must…

  3. red says:

    Stevie – Oh you have to scan it! I love your family pictures!

    I already have a couple of favorite girls here. I love the angular one in totally vertical stripes about 10 in from the left. What attitude!

    I also love the naughty little Red Cross nurse over on the left.

  4. red says:

    O Red Cross nurse, Glenn over here needs smelling salts, pronto!

  5. Britt says:

    1918? Psh, I was there the other day. Still looks EXACTLY like that :P

    I love the girl with the ukulele, middle right. She looks so rebellious!

  6. Dave E. says:

    Wow. That’s like, hat porn.

  7. sarahk says:

    Britt, I love ukelele girl, too.

    sheila, I’m totally not lying when I say that I wish these swimsuits were still the norm today.

  8. red says:

    SarahK – me too!! Well, let’s start a movement. Yes, we will be eccentric, but there is no reason we can’t wear bathing costumes such as these if we so please!

    I’ll do it if you will!!

  9. sarahk says:

    I totally will!

    But um… where do we buy them?

  10. red says:


    Looking now ….

  11. De says:

    Get one for me! I’ll join the movement!!

  12. Catherine says:

    I’ll take one, too. Vive la revolution! I can just imagine myself, strolling down Sandymount Strand wearing my tartan quilted maillot with matching hat, plucking winsomely on my ukelele with my feet safely ensconced in…ballet slippers? Stylin’.