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First Dip of the Year

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First Dip of the Year

Taking her first dip of the year, this young womans tight bathing costume doesn t leave much to the imagination. Date: 1914

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Bathers Bathing Swim Swimming Swimsuit Swimsuits Swimwear Taking Tight Wear Year


EDITORS COMMENTS
In this image from 1914, a young woman takes her first dip of the year, marking the beginning of the summer swimming season. Dressed in a tight-fitting bathing costume that leaves little to the imagination, she bravely plunges into the cool water, her determination and excitement evident on her face. This moment of joy and liberation was a common experience for women during this era, as the popularity of swimming as a leisure activity continued to grow. Swimming had become an increasingly popular sport for women in the early 20th century, and the development of new bathing suits allowed them to enjoy the water with greater comfort and confidence. The tight-fitting, one-piece swimsuits of the time were a significant departure from the bulky, heavy garments that had been worn in previous decades. This new swimwear allowed women to move more freely and swim more efficiently, making the experience even more enjoyable. The image also provides a fascinating glimpse into the past, offering a glimpse into the fashions and trends of the time. The young woman's bathing costume, with its high waistline and fitted bodice, is a far cry from the bikinis and other revealing swimsuits that would become popular later in the century. This historical photograph is a reminder of the evolution of swimwear and the changing attitudes towards women's bodies and their role in public life. Overall, this image captures the spirit of adventure and excitement that comes with taking that first dip of the year, as well as the sense of freedom and liberation that swimming offered women during this era. It is a timeless moment that continues to resonate with us today, reminding us of the joy and beauty of summer and the simple pleasures of taking a dip in the water.

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