Sunday, February 1, 2009

In The Swim



Here's a great photograph from 1919, part of the National Photo Collection in the Library of Congress. It shows a group of young women, gathered on the shoreline of the Potomac Basin in Washington, D.C. for a swim meet. They're listening to a gentleman off camera, speaking through a megaphone, laying out the rules of the competition. A few of the girls have kept their stockings on, for modesty's sake. Notice the free spirit on the left end. She's shunned the de rigueur bathing cap, let her hair hang free and stands casually, seemingly without a care in the world. The girl on the right end, standing with her arms akimbo and legs covered with sand, has an air of confidence, from the rakish cap to the improvised belt.

2 comments:

High Desert Diva said...

I can't imagine swimming with all that wet material floating around and weighing me down...

Love the photo though!

Ann said...

Aren't you glad that you are not living in that era. Guess they don't have to worry about sunscreen and skin cancer.