Sunday, January 10, 2010

In The Swim



Beach going was a becoming a popular past time for young and old, rich and poor alike 100 years ago, and in New York, it brought a respite from the heat and grit of the city. These photographs are from the archives the the Detroit Publishing Co., circa 1900-1910, of Coney Island and Rockaway Beach.



The lifeguard, shown below, probably had his share of rescues, as the ladies' bathing garments of the day would have been heavy and cumbersome when wet.

7 comments:

steven said...

golden west - can you imagine the discomfort? a full suit, straw boater, shiny black shoes!!!!! these are really lovely photographs. i love the two children dancing. have a peaceful day. steven

Dianne said...

fantastic shots
the good old days

Really Rainey said...

Love these photos and shadows!

~Really Rainey~

Rachel Fenton said...

Cannot believe anyone went to the beach in a suit and "best" shoes! Brilliant.

These are such funny yet touching photographs, hard to describe what exactly I like about them...

Sweet Repose said...

What a little hotty he was, bet he had a lot of fake drowners of the female variety!!!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

What great photos! We are fortunate enough to have a photo of our great grandmother & two other ladies at the beach in their attire - can't EVER imagine swimming in those outfits!!

High Desert Diva said...

Can't even imagine being weighted down with all that fabric!