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Background imageSwimwear Collection: Jazz orchestra by the pool on board the Mauretania

Jazz orchestra by the pool on board the Mauretania
A jazz orchestra entertains passengers by the pool on board the ocean liner, the Mauretania, just one of the many amusements available. Date: 1931

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Woman police officer Annie Matthews, Hyde Park, London

Woman police officer Annie Matthews, Hyde Park, London
Woman police officer Annie Matthews (nickname Big Ben), on duty at the childrens lido in Hyde Park, London. Before joining the Met Police, Annie worked as a housemaid at Glamis Castle in Scotland

Background imageSwimwear Collection: The Mountbattens at Monte Carlo

The Mountbattens at Monte Carlo
Lord and Lady Louis Mountbatten pictured with their elder daughter Patricia at Monte Carlo heading it appears from their swimwear, to the beach. Date: 1931

Background imageSwimwear Collection: The Bystander - Surf riders front cover

The Bystander - Surf riders front cover
Front cover of The Bystander featuring an illustration by C. Rebel Stanton of three girls in red bathing costumes surf riding - a sort of combined forerunner of surfing and water skiing. Date: 1929

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Veet advertisement, 1926

Veet advertisement, 1926
Advertisement for Veet hair removal cream from 1926 - don t let disfiguring growths of superfluous hair destroy your charm and daintiness any longer

Background imageSwimwear Collection: The Water Nymph by Muriel Dawson

The Water Nymph by Muriel Dawson -- a little girl paddling in the sea. Date: 1933

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Mercedes Gleitze (1900-1981) - British professional swimmer

Mercedes Gleitze (1900-1981) - British professional swimmer. She was the first person to swim the Straits of Gibraltar and the first British woman to swim the English Channel

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

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

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Wish You Were Here postcard

Wish You Were Here postcard
Seaside postcard featuring a woman in a yellow swimsuit sunbathing in a rather uncomfortable rocky spot on an unidentified beach

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Swimmers at Thorness Bay, Isle of Wight, 1920s

Swimmers at Thorness Bay, Isle of Wight, 1920s
A group of women pose for a photograph on the beach at Thorness Bay on the Isle of Wight. The back of the photograph describes the day as a picnic for Gs 21st birthday. G is fourth from left

Background imageSwimwear 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 imageSwimwear Collection: Family on holiday in Spain

Family on holiday in Spain - playing on a sandy beach. Date: circa 1950s

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Beauty Contest Participant and Proud Parents

Beauty Contest Participant and Proud Parents
A Bathing Beauty Contest Participant and her Proud (if slightly shy) Parents! Date: circa 1949

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Blazers & Swimwear

Blazers & Swimwear - Summer fashions. Good Housekeeping. July 1931. Date: 1931

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Advert for Bathing Suits

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

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Hemline Regulations

Hemline Regulations
A female swimmer having the hemline of her bathing costume inspected at Palm Beach. Date: circa 1925

Background imageSwimwear 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 imageSwimwear Collection: Page of fashion adverts - June 1921

Page of fashion adverts - June 1921
Page of four fashion adverts for womenand children's clothing, from The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, June 1921

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Ladies undressing in a bathing machine. Date: circa 1910

Ladies undressing in a bathing machine. Date: circa 1910

Background imageSwimwear Collection: A portrait of Eleanor Black, an American Bathing Beauty

A portrait of Eleanor Black, an American Bathing Beauty, 1926 Date: 1926

Background imageSwimwear Collection: A sketch of a lady with an umbrella in the summer

A sketch of a lady with an umbrella in the summer sun on a beach in a bathing suit, 1926 Date: 1926

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Some ideas for summer beach wear - bathing dresses

Some ideas for summer beach wear - bathing dresses, wraps and caps, 1926 Date: 1926

Background imageSwimwear Collection: A bathing beauty wearing a bathing suit and wrap

A bathing beauty wearing a bathing suit and wrap from Selfridges, London, 1926 Date: 1926

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Young, muscular man on the beach

Young, muscular man on the beach
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Background imageSwimwear Collection: Colour photograph of a family on the beach at Bognor Regis, 1920s. Date: 1920s

Colour photograph of a family on the beach at Bognor Regis, 1920s. Date: 1920s

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Annette Kellerman

Annette Kellerman
Annette Marie Sarah Kellerman (1886 - 1975), Australian swimmer, film star, and writer. One of the first women to wear a one-piece bathing costume, causing a minor scandal at the time

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Lady Lettice Lygon by Olive Snell

Lady Lettice Lygon by Olive Snell
Lady Lettice Cotterell (nÚÑáLygon) (1906-1973), Wife of Sir Richard Charles Geers Cotterell, 5th Bt; daughter of 7th Earl Beauchamp. Lygon family possible inspiration for Waughs Brideshead Revisited

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Ponds Cold Cream as sun protection

Ponds Cold Cream as sun protection
Advertisement for Ponds Cold Cream, suggesting that, if applied before exposure (to the sun), prevents the skin from becoming dry and burnt. I m not entirely convinced by this claim. Date: 1930

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Civilians filling sandbags for air raid shelters 1939

Civilians filling sandbags for air raid shelters 1939
Civilians, including females in bikini tops and a man in a suit, working together to fill sandbags for use in the construction of public air raid shelters. September 1939

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Bathers at the rooftop pool of the Piccadilly Hotel

Bathers at the rooftop pool of the Piccadilly Hotel
A group of bathers, having taken advantage of the bathing-pool at the Piccadilly Hotel, taking a cooling drink during the heat wave in London in August 1932. Date: 1932

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Hot Weather Habits At Major J. B. Paget s

Hot Weather Habits At Major J. B. Paget s
Page from The Tatler with photographs recording a bathing party held at Ibstock Place, Roehampton, home of Major and Mrs J. B. Paget

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Ensign Print Wallet for Photographs and negatives

Ensign Print Wallet for Photographs and negatives - processed by T W Salmon & Son, Photographic Chemists, Norton and Stockton-on-Tees. circa 1920s

Background imageSwimwear 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 imageSwimwear Collection: The Taverna of the Excelsior Palace, Venice Lido

The Taverna of the Excelsior Palace, Venice Lido
Luncheon at the Taverna restaurant of the Excelsior Palace Hotel at the fashionable Venice Lido. Diners were encouraged to visit the Taverna in their swimwear or beach pyjamas

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Impromptu dance to gramophone at river resort

Impromptu dance to gramophone at river resort
Impromptu dance to the gramophone at a river resort. Date: 1933

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Miss S. T. Phillips playing tennis at the Venice Lido

Miss S. T. Phillips playing tennis at the Venice Lido
Keeping cool in the lawn tennis court: Miss S. T. Phillips has a game in her bathing suit. Those staying at the Venice Lido regularly went from beach to tennis court in their bathing suit. Date: 1927

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Bar at the Chambre D Amour, Biarritz

Bar at the Chambre D Amour, Biarritz
Beach bar at the Chambre D Amour, Biarritz. Note the picture of the pelato player behind the bar, the traditional game of the Basque region. Date: 1934

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Personalities on the beach

Personalities on the beach -- Hon Mrs Richard Norton, the wife of Lord Grantleys heir. Date: 1930

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Personalities beside the pool and on the beach

Personalities beside the pool and on the beach -- Lady Cynthia Mosley by the bathing pool, Cap d Antibes (top) and Cocktail Time

Background imageSwimwear Collection: People on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

People on Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Date: circa 1950

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Knitted swim wear 1940

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

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Woman in a swimming costume on the beach at the seaside

Woman in a swimming costume on the beach at the seaside. Date: circa early 1920s

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Bright Young Things at the Venice Lido

Bright Young Things at the Venice Lido
From left, Alan Parsons, drama critic for the Daily Mail and husband of Viola Tree, Zita Jungman, Mr Robin D Erlanger (formerly Myrtle Farquarson)

Background imageSwimwear Collection: The Lido-Laters by Howard K. Elcock

The Lido-Laters by Howard K. Elcock
Fashionable society bathing and lying in the sun at the equally fashionable Venice Lido, under the familiar striped cabanna and parasols. Date: 1929

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Lunch at Taverna of the Excelsior Palace Hotel, Venice Lido

Lunch at Taverna of the Excelsior Palace Hotel, Venice Lido
Impression of the Taverna restaurant, part of the huge Excelsior Palace Hotel on the beach at the Venice Lido. Diners rarely dressed for lunch

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Sea Suits for Sunning and Swimming 1931

Sea Suits for Sunning and Swimming 1931
Clothes for swimming and sunbathings, two leisure preoccupations of the 1930s. The gaily coloured outfit on the left in striped blue and white heavy cotton has braces to the trousers

Background imageSwimwear Collection: Beach fashions for women 1930

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

Background imageSwimwear 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



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