21 July 2012 @ 07:35 pm
Swimwear, Lord & Taylor 1879  

Because it isn't proper swimwear unless you're wearing yards of heavy woolen fabric.

I love reading about swimming "culture" (for lack of a better word) from this time!
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...brain the size of a planet...: Pratchett Quotebookgirlwa on July 22nd, 2012 02:57 am (UTC)
Drowning suits, with all of that fabric...
E♥: Improvaganza: Ryan and Colinwhoseline_wlsc on July 22nd, 2012 03:13 am (UTC)
Wow that couldn't have been comfortable.
Pat B: goddesspbrim on July 22nd, 2012 03:49 am (UTC)
Drowning? A decent woman wouldn't venture that far from her Bathing Machine. Waist deep is as far as you need to get, and there would be a rope to the machine to hang onto.
ms_hissyfit: pic#116567158ms_hissyfit on July 22nd, 2012 06:55 am (UTC)
Considering that Lord & Taylor's are this season's sponsor for Project Runway's "Accessory Wall" this add really intrigues me. I really hope they are supplying these fancy hats for the contestants styling needs. This could be fabulous!
roeskva: WTFroeskva on July 22nd, 2012 11:54 am (UTC)
I wonder if this would be dangerous? All that wool, getting wet - must be pretty heavy to swim in.
Singe Addams: Singe by angstslashhopesingeaddams on July 22nd, 2012 01:50 pm (UTC)
I would have risked the danger and gone swimming. Otherwise the heat from the sun and the sand would have baked me alive underneath all that wool.
Herself_nycherself_nyc on July 22nd, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
I don't think beachgoers actually swam in those days. They went in and maybe bobbed around, holding onto a rope.

At least in those suits they didn't have to worry as much about sunburn.
batgurl10: pic#106287474batgurl10 on July 22nd, 2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
I always wonder how all that fabric felt when wet? Oo. gotta have been horrible. LOL. love all these old bathing suit ads! <3
pikkewyntjie: penguinpikkewyntjie on July 22nd, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
Seeing these suits reminds me of The Awakening when Edna ditches her itchy swimming suit and discovers the freedom of swimming in the nude. Shame she couldn't have enjoyed it more.
bradygirl_12: wonder woman (boldly delicious)bradygirl_12 on July 22nd, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
It looks like they're dressed for winter!
Geek Queen: star trek 'use the force jim!'1geek_queen on July 24th, 2012 08:46 am (UTC)
My thoughts exactly.
laplorlaplor on July 22nd, 2012 07:47 pm (UTC)
I thought at first that it was a skiing scene!
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