By the shore

This week, our Sepia Saturday host posted a photograph of his Auntie Miriam enjoying the seaside. Alan thought it would be nice to think of warmer times, for those experiencing the cold right now. Well, I like that idea just fine, so I’m sharing some family photographs as well.

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My Grammie Hennie

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Ready to go for a swim

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A different swimming suit

Can you imagine swimming in that suit? While I wouldn’t say I love some of the swim suit fashions of today, I am certainly glad we have evolved beyond the full coverage, wool or linen get ups of yesteryear! This side of my family loved photographs and fortunately a cousin has scanned lots of them for us. Thanks L!

UPDATE: Cousin L tells me these were from Ocean City, NJ. My great-great-grandmother had a big house there and invited family members to come for extended stays. The house and servants are gone, but the memories remain. Oh, the good old days!

To explore what other people are thinking about whilst in the cold of winter or heat of summer, click on over to Sepia Saturday.

Get sand in your shoes


22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Auntie Kat
    Jan 11, 2013 @ 18:56:04

    Love, you. K


  2. Mike Brubaker
    Jan 11, 2013 @ 20:15:15

    A super theme choice. Without synthetics, natural fabrics get very heavy in water, so swimming must have felt ridiculously heavy and awkward.


  3. Boobook
    Jan 11, 2013 @ 20:16:38

    Lovely set of family photos. I wonder what year the last one was taken.


  4. Wendy
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 04:45:41

    I’m with you — those swim dresses seem heavy. It’s a wonder anybody was able to stand up after being knocked down by a wave. And the stockings — good grief!


  5. Bob Scotney
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 06:03:55

    I wonder what she would have thought of lycra and wetsuits. That dress would be a wetsuit of a different kind.


  6. Auntie Kat
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 10:24:37

    My guess is these are from the 1920’s. Mom or Dad could probably say for sure. And, I’m sure she loved her more modern suits. She lived until the mid-1990’s.


  7. Little Nell
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 11:02:15

    Lovely pictures of Hemmie. I wonder what material the beach wrap was made of; it seems quite light compared with the heavy swimsuit.


    • Auntie Kat
      Jan 14, 2013 @ 20:09:44

      The wrap could be rayon or cotton. It was probably quite colorful with blue in it somehow. Blue was Hennie’s favorite color.


  8. Helen McHargue
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 13:45:03

    Great photos. Hemmie appears to be wearing tights with her suit in the last photo. She’s a very attractive women.


  9. Kathy
    Jan 12, 2013 @ 15:55:51

    How difficult it must have been to swim in one of these. I suspect there was more playing in the water than actual swimming – at least that is what I would have done!


    • Mrs Marvel
      Jan 12, 2013 @ 19:47:22

      I have read that beach play for women was basically splashing in the shallows. Women were not encouraged to swim and exercise as we know it really wasn’t allowed for them. I remember my mother or someone saying that a woman who fell into the water in a dress would drown because of how heavy the skirts would become. Even these bathing costumes would be heavy in deeper water!


  10. ScotSue
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 04:15:43

    I have not seen beachware like these – fascinating photographs.


  11. Alan BURNETT
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 04:24:24

    Great photos. And isn’t one of the great joys of publishing old photos the way in which people will contribute scraps of information about time and place so that we can build up a clearer history.


  12. Karen S.
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 09:50:38

    They could almost be related! No, but what fun, I like your photos too! I just adore seeing the different styles and customs between everyone!


  13. Brett Payne
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 15:04:45

    I like the swing seats in the bacground – what fun.


  14. postcardy
    Jan 13, 2013 @ 16:31:40

    I was thinking that flowery robe looked like something from the 1960s, but it must be older if those photos are all the same person.


  15. Peter Miebies (@patmcast)
    Jan 14, 2013 @ 01:38:42

    The last swimming suits looks like an ordinary dress a girl could wear during daytime. The times they are a changin :)


  16. Kat Mortensen
    Jan 15, 2013 @ 07:35:02

    That is quite the beach cover-up too! Fun photos!


  17. tyrogers6200
    Jan 16, 2013 @ 18:03:16

    I can’t even imagine swimming in such an outfit but as said above I don’t think these women were doing any swimming. We’ve come “a long way baby.”


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