This got me wondering about the history of swimsuits and thinking back to the swimsuits that I used to wear. Off to Google and this is what I found.
Costume worn in 1858. This was back in the days of bathing machines with men and women swimming in separate areas.
Australian Annette Kellerman was arrested for wearing this swimsuit in 1906
During the 1920s, neck to knee swimsuits were still worn, as was the swimsuit above.
Swimsuit worn about 1930 - 1940
Swimsuit worn by a family member in the 1940s. During the war, less material was used in swimsuits to conserve fabric. This resulted in costumes with bare midriffs.
Swimsuit worn by a family member in the late 1940s or early 1950s.
Me in the 1950s. This swimsuit looks rather like a playsuit. I think it's rather cute with those ruffled straps, but I can't imagine it was very comfortable to wear once it was wet. I can't remember back that far.
Another photo from the 1950s. I'm the one on the left in the loose fitting costume. It obviously didn't worry me, as I appear to be having lots of fun.
My sister in the 1950s, wearing the bathing cap and another swimsuit that looks more like a playsuit.
My sister and I during the 1950s with our swimming rings.
More ruffles on my costume. Neither Mum nor I can remember what fabric these costumes were made from, but they don't look like stretch fabric. Perhaps they were, but it certainly wasn't the stretch fabric of now-a-days.
Don't you just love the bathing cap I was wearing... LOL!!! I remember having a head cold that day. The only way I was allowed to go swimming, was to wear my Mum's bathing cap. I'm not sure why, as the cap certainly didn't keep any water out. Bathing caps were popular during the 1950s and 1960s. I hated them!!!
I distinctly remember being very excited about inheriting this Speedo costume from a neighbour, in the early 1960s. It was very different to my previous costumes, in that it had no frills or ties, was made from different fabric and was meant to be close fitting. I obviously had to grow into it for it to be closer fitting. During the 60s, swimwear began to be made from nylon and lycra. I'm guessing the one above was made from nylon.
Swimming with our Dad. Not sure where our t-shirts were to stop the sunburn. Perhaps we complained at wearing them. Note how my sister is wearing my old swimsuit (see two photos above). She got to wear all my hand me downs.
No swimsuits here, but I had to show you our sand castles. Well, it looks like my sister built the sand castles and I dug the moats.
Two piece costume worn in 1968 during my first trip to the Great Barrier Reef. From here on, costumes became smaller in all directions, so that's the end of the family photos.
Swimwear has certainly changed over the years.