The Sepia Saturday theme for this week refers to bathing costumes and seaside beaches. Now living in sunny South Florida for over forty years one would think I would have photo albums full of pictures of the family frolicking at the beach. Well sure, I do have a number of pictures of us in past years in bathing suits enjoying the warm tropical beaches of Florida, but let me assure you that you will not be seeing any photographs of me in a bathing suit in this forum or anywhere else!
However, I did do a post some time ago about Victorian bathing costumes that I feel is perfect for this theme and I am going to re-post part of it and add to it as well. Although you can't really see the beach in the tintypes below, you can get the feel for the excitement of the day as the proud father poses with his children for the photographer before their day at the seaside. These photographs were taken most likely taken in mid-1880's to about 1890.
Both of these tintypes were purchased in the same group of photos. As I mentioned in my previous post I find it interesting that the man is wearing a suit and the kids are all wearing bathing costumes. However in the second photo he is wearing his beach attire. Additionally in the first photo he is posing with five children, in the second with three. I have to assume all these children are his, but why the difference between the two?
If you look closely you will notice that the boy on the bottom right is the same boy on the bottom right in the second photo and he is wearing two different costumes. I am assuming from this that these photos were taken on different days. Also, I believe at least that the oldest girl is the same in both pictures.
Here I have found some examples of children's bathing costumes in my copy of the 1884 Peterson's Magazine, July and August editions:
|Young Lady's costume Aug1884|
|Boy's costume July 1884|
|Young boy's costume Aug 1884|
And finally, I will leave you with this photograph of a proud father, my own husband Jim, at a local beach with our three year-old son David in 1977. Remarkably I remember the day quite well and they were having a lot of fun playing in the sand!
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