27 August 2014
Bathing suit, 1916 - updated
In the photography category of this blog, I've occasionally posted photos of beach scenes from the turn of the last century, and I suspect a modern person's responses are "what uncomfortable clothing to wear" and "what unattractive clothing to wear."
With regard to the latter (?mis)perception, I offer the above photo, from the camera of Alfred Stieglitz (‘Ellen Koeniger’, 1916, gelatin silver photograph, 11.1 x 9.1, J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles), as a reminder that when wet, those staid bathing costumes must have shocked some Edwardian-era sensibilities.
Found at Consciousness is a Congenital Hallucination.
Reposted from 2010 to add a link to another of Stieglitz' photos. The two images have different dates and names, but it appears to be the same suit.