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Bathing Beauties Barely Bare?!

  • Expansion of the railway system meant traveling to the coast became accessible to all
  • Reveal the demure all-in-one outfits worn by both men and women, including caps and shoes
  • The bathing machine was used to change into the cumbersome outfits in privacy
  • It was then wheeled right into the sea to allow bathers to enter the water in ease

100 years ago shows how people used to frolic in the sand in near head-to-toe outfits, complete with hats.

Before the 1900s women hit the waves in full gowns and bloomers but the impracticality of this meant that the all-in-one fitted beach suit began to be introduced for women as well as men.

Bathing belles show off the modest white cotton calf length long sleeved dresses, complete with bathing caps adorned with bobbles, on the beach at Southend-on-Sea, Essex in August 1919

A woman perches on the edge of a bathing machine parked in shallow sea on Ostend beach in July 1911

Ostend beach in Belgium in around 1900 when beach holidays began to become popular as the new railways allowed long distance travel at ease

The bathing machines would we wheeled right down into the water to allow the bather to enter the water with ease, a reduce the stares of other bathers

The bathing machines would we wheeled right down into the water to allow the bather to enter the water with ease, a reduce the stares of other bathers

Bathers dance hand in hand on the beach at Plymouth, Devon in July 1921 wearing rather unusual costumes that seem to have been inspired by Grecian togas


Interesting Photo NYC c. 1900 Street Cleaner


Vintage beauty tips, tricks, and tragedies.

Since the beginning of time women have done things to make themselves more attractive.  Even as simple as brushing and styling their hair, to dramatic disfigurations to get the right look.

This Max Factor face pack was studded with plastic 'ice' cubes which could be filled with water before the mask was popped in the freezer. Hangover Heaven was popular with party-going Forties Hollywood stars

This Max Factor face pack was studded with plastic ‘ice’ cubes which could be  filled with water before the mask was popped in the freezer. Hangover Heaven was  popular with party-going Forties Hollywood stars
EEEEK!

This scares me deeply!

Glamour Bonnet’ … it lowers air pressure to aid circulation and complexion

The infamous corset, which can be fun for certain events…once in a blue moon, but not daily! No thank you!!

Absurd!

Throughout the ages, women have experimented with beauty treatments to enhance natural features, slow the aging process, and care for the outer body. Beginning in the Ancient era, the Biblical account of Queen Esther’s life mentions the elaborate spa-type treatments that young women underwent for an entire 12-month period to prepare themselves for a reception with the King. The first six months involved treatments with oil and myrrh, and the second with perfumes and cosmetics!

With modern day waxing, working out, plucking, puckering, pouting, pinching, and fidgeting, most women will always be slaves to the latest and greatest to stay young a beautiful forever.  Good luck gals!!