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Swimsuits Collection

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Beauty on Parade - a beach belle by David Wright

Beauty on Parade - a beach belle by David Wright
Front cover of The American Weekly featuring an illustration by David Wright, of a red-haired woman in a green swimsuit relaxing on the beach. Date: 1948

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Advert for Gorringes womens bathing dresses & capes 1924

Advert for Gorringes womens bathing dresses & capes 1924
Selection of womens exclusive bathing dresses with separate knickers and capes. Date: 1924

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Advert for Gorringes womens bathing costumes 1927

Advert for Gorringes womens bathing costumes 1927
One piece swimsuits and separate tunics with knickers in a variety of styles in different colours and patterns and also rubber caps with flowers, available at Gorringes, Buckingham Palace Road

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Recruiting on the beach at Southsea, WW1

Recruiting on the beach at Southsea, WW1
A call to arms. A very persuasive pair of recruiting sergeants, Beattie and Babs, on the beach at Southsea. The pair later appeared on stage at the Southend Hippodrome to continue their campaign

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Group of Female Bathers at Boulogne-sur-Mer, France

Group of Female Bathers at Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. Date: circa 1909

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Twelve Chums having a gay old time on the beach

Twelve Chums having a gay old time on the beach! Date: circa 1920s

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: French actresses in swimsuits at Great Fosters, Egham

French actresses in swimsuits at Great Fosters, Egham
Betty Spell and Reine Paulet, actresses playing in Paris in London at the Comedy Theatre in 1932, pictured visiting Great Fosters in Egham

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: British Seaside Scene - Two woemn dry off after dip in sea

British Seaside Scene - Two woemn dry off after dip in sea
Two women (the one of the left would win a Princess Margaret lookalike Competition) dry off after a dip in the sea. Possible Daughter (left) and Mother (right)

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Aquashow Sychronised Swimming Team - Bournemouth - relaxing

Aquashow Sychronised Swimming Team - Bournemouth - relaxing
Aquashow Sychronised Swimming Team members at Bournemouth - relaxing in the sea at the beach. Date: 1961

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Two models and line illustrations showing knitted wool swimsuts Date: 1935

Two models and line illustrations showing knitted wool swimsuts Date: 1935

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Victorian women playing water polo

Victorian women playing water polo
The Ravensbourne Ladies water polo cup, the teams that competed were Jersey and Swansea, playing at the Westminster Baths in Great Smith Street. The Swansea ladies won by four goals to two

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Advert for Bathing Suits

Advert for Bathing Suits
An advert for the latest range of bathing suits available at Debenhams. Date: 1932

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Swimming Season

Swimming Season
Swimming scenes from pools in Wembley, Blackpool and San Francisco. The new Wembley pool is being opened by Rt. Hon. L. S. (Leo) Amery (1873-1955). Date: 1932

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Advert for Slixsilver swimsuits

Advert for Slixsilver swimsuits. The one pictured is made of silver oilsilk. Date: 1939

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Advert for Ovaltine Cold

Advert for Ovaltine Cold
An advert for Ovaltine Cold, promoting it as an energy-giving tonic. Date: 1939

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Summer fashion ideas for women: a plage suit with a lozenge-patterned jerkin, and two swimsuits

Summer fashion ideas for women: a plage suit with a lozenge-patterned jerkin, and two swimsuits. Date: 1954

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Jolly crowd in the sea

Jolly crowd in the sea
A jolly crowd of bathers wave at the camera as they stand in the sea at an unidentified seaside resort. Date: 1920s

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Knitted swim wear 1940

Knitted swim wear 1940
Page from a magazine showing a model wearing a knitted bikini. Date: 1940

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Beach fashions for women 1930

Beach fashions for women 1930
Model wearing the latest fashionable beach wear. 1930

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Advert for Lillywhites beach fashions 1930

Advert for Lillywhites beach fashions 1930
A model wearing three styles for beach wear for summer 1930. 1930

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Tatler Cover, Summer Number 1954

Tatler Cover, Summer Number 1954
Front cover of The Tatler Summer Number with a stylised illustration of a seaside resort in the Edwardian era with bathing beauties being surprised by a lusty looking Neptune in the water. Date: 1954

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Womens swimwear 1909

Womens swimwear 1909
Woman wearing a daring swimming costume for the time, with criss-cross ties to the sides. 1909

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Fashionable bathing costume 1911

Fashionable bathing costume 1911
Woman wearing a soft emerald-green satin decorated with white braid, available from Debenham and Freebody s. Date: 1911

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Mixed bathing

Mixed bathing
Cats in swimsuits frolicking in the see. Date: 1908

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Page of Fashion adverts 1937

Page of Fashion adverts 1937
Two adverts from Woolands of model wearing a graceful full length Ascot dress, designed in floral organza, patterned in charming shades, petalled frill on bodice and skirt

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Frolicking in the Surf Date: 1948

Frolicking in the Surf Date: 1948

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Smart bathing dress 1912

Smart bathing dress 1912
Woman wearing a smart swim dress in white with yoke collar, French buttons, cloak and also a (bicorne) Napoleon silk hat. Date: 1912

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Group Photo of Bathers

Group Photo of Bathers
A mixed group of men, women and children all having a good time bathing in the sea Date: circa 1910

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: 1950s Bathing Lovelies posing on a set of steps

1950s Bathing Lovelies posing on a set of steps (leading to a high diving board?) - possibly at a Holiday Camp? Date: circa 1950s

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: British Seaside - Water Slide

British Seaside - Water Slide fun. Date: circa 1920s

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: One, Two, Three... JUMP! Four Dutch Bathers dive in

One, Two, Three... JUMP! Four Dutch Bathers dive in... Date: circa 1910s

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Opatjia, Croatia - Bathers

Opatjia, Croatia - Bathers swimming beneath the sea wall by the Hotel Kvarner. Date: 1908

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Couple sitting in surf - British seaside candid photograph

Couple sitting in surf - British seaside candid photograph
Young Couple sitting in the surf - classic British seaside candid photograph - August, 1921. Unless it is a glitch on the photographic plate (possible)

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Two little black children on the beach - fish in a jam jar

Two little black children on the beach - fish in a jam jar
The Catch of the Season. Two little black children on the beach holding a fish in a jam jar. Date: circa 1905

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: We re Here For Our Annual (Holiday)

We re Here For Our Annual (Holiday) - smart young folk playing on the edge of the lido pool Date: 1930

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Beauty contest lineup for Miss County of Cornwall

Beauty contest lineup for Miss County of Cornwall
Beauty contest lineup in swimsuits for Miss County of Cornwall. Date: circa 1980s

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Mr Dale Bourne & Mrs Beryl Mills at Monte Carlo Beach

Mr Dale Bourne & Mrs Beryl Mills at Monte Carlo Beach
Mrs Beryl Mills in a yellow bathing suit and Mr Dale Bourne, golfer pictured by the Monte Carlo pool. They were both guests of Lady Hindlips house part at Cap Ferrat. Date: 1932

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: The Cult of Nudity - sunbathing fashions, 1930s

The Cult of Nudity - sunbathing fashions, 1930s
Page from The Sphere reporting on the growing vogue for sunbathing fashions, particularly backless swimsuits - a style that began at the fashionable French resorts of the Riviera

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Advert for Lillywhites summer sports clothing 1930

Advert for Lillywhites summer sports clothing 1930
Fashions for all summer sports, available at Lillywhites, Piccadilly. 1930

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Durban, South Africa - a Paradise for Bathers

Durban, South Africa - a Paradise for Bathers
Durban (Port Natal), South Africa, packed with holiday-makers, enjoying both the beach itself and an open-air swimming pool. 1928

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Two lady bathers in Marshall & Snelgrove swimsuits

Two lady bathers in Marshall & Snelgrove swimsuits, one holding an parasol and pointing out to sea. The lady seated on the beach is wearing a wool-back satin bathing suit; the lady on the right has a

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: 1930s beach wear

1930s beach wear
1930s woman wearing one piece swimming costume, ribbon tied around the head and white shoes

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Children in swimwear 1909

Children in swimwear 1909
Five children at various ages, posing for the camera in St Malo in France. 1909

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: The Sea Hath Pearls by Claude Shepperson

The Sea Hath Pearls by Claude Shepperson
Bathing scene showing women in brightly coloured swimming costumes getting ready for a dip in the sea. Date: 1918

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Sweet Little man making his case to bathing beauties

Sweet Little man making his case to bathing beauties
Sweet Little man making his case to three bathing beauties: " I may not be much to look at, Girls, but I m Reliable." Date: circa 1925

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Three young women bathing in the sea, Southwold, Suffolk

Three young women bathing in the sea, Southwold, Suffolk
Three young women bathing in the sea at Southwold, Suffolk. They are N Cattley, Lucy Auerbach and M Cattley. Date: 1911

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: Sea-suits for sunning and swimming 1930

Sea-suits for sunning and swimming 1930
Women models relaxing with the latest beach pyjamas, (left model), Distinctly nautical air, and is made of sponge cloth and cotton in natural colours with wavy stripes, from Army and Navy Stores

Background imageSwimsuits Collection: John Smedley knitted swimsuits

John Smedley knitted swimsuits
Advertisement for John Smedley knitted swimwear. Good quality but no doubt rather itchy after a dip. 1938



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