Heat Wave! Pictures of Victorians at the Beach

Photographs show how to have fun at the beach.

 

Woman Diving from Pier in 1892 This photograph shatters the image of Victorian ladies sitting quietly at the seaside. [Digitally colored by Victoriana Magazine from a period stereograph.]

Woman Diving from Pier in 1892
This photograph shatters the image of Victorian ladies sitting quietly at the seaside. [Digitally colored by Victoriana Magazine from a period stereograph.]

 

Atlantic City Beach in 1896 Fully clothed woman plays with a baby in the sand. The baby is being shielded from the sun by a large umbrella. [Digitally colored by Victoriana Magazine from a period stereograph.]

Atlantic City Beach in 1896
Fully clothed woman plays with a baby in the sand. The baby is being shielded from the sun by a large umbrella. [Digitally colored by Victoriana Magazine from a period stereograph.]

Family Fun in 1889 Families have a fun day at the beach no matter what century. [Digitally colored by Victoriana Magazine from a period stereograph.]

Family Fun in 1889
Families have a fun day at the beach no matter what century. [Digitally colored by Victoriana Magazine from a period stereograph.]

New York Beach in 1888 Three children enjoy a Lake Ontario beach in New York. One wades in the water while two stand in the sand. [Digitally colored by Victoriana Magazine from a period stereograph.]

New York Beach in 1888
Three children enjoy a Lake Ontario beach in New York. One wades in the water while two stand in the sand. [Digitally colored by Victoriana Magazine from a period stereograph.]

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1900s Vintage Bathing Suits

Women typically dressed in black, knee-length, puffed-sleeve wool dresses, often featuring a sailor collar, and worn over bloomers or drawers trimmed with ribbons and bows.

Bathing Suit History

Vintage, Victorian and 1920s bathing suits.

20 Fabulous Vintage Style Bathing Suits

In the early 20th century, vintage bathing suits came in various color combinations. Styles included two-piece swimsuits consisting of jersey shirts and flannel trousers.

1920s Vintage Swimsuits

Women’s 1920s vintage bathing suits came in several contrasting colors. Styles included two-piece swimsuits consisting of jersey shirts and flannel trousers.

Vintage SwimsuitsThe Bathing Machine

The etiquette of Victorian beaches and swimming.

See the Jersey Shore in 1901

Fun look at “real” people from over a hundred years ago in their turn-of-the-century bathing suits and other summer clothing.