Sullen in the Sun
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Bathing SuitsStrawbery Banke Presents

The perfect August weather was apparently not enough to brighten this mostly moody group of beachgoers. Perhaps it’s the bathing suits. IN the late 1800s women typically donned black woolen suits with sailor collars worn over bloomers, plus knee high stockings with laced up slippers. Outfits were often hung with ribbons and topped with a sun bonnet. Victorian tourists did enjoy freedom from one thing that our exposed generation risks – skin cancer.

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Early Bathing Suits


Early Photographs from the Collections of Strawbery Banke
by James L. Garvin & Susan Grigg, Peter Randall Publisher
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