The Evolution of the Female Bathing Costume – as Reported in 1883

Posted on August 2nd, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

Inspired by the muse of the glorious sunny weather, we’ve been reading ‘bathing costume’ stories in The Archive.

Here is a fascinating article, published in 1883, about the evolution of women’s bathing outfits during the Victorian era.

We’ve also included a cartoon from 1935 that passes sage comment on the protean nature of bathing costumes for women across the decades.

historical newspaper report about The Evolution of the Female Bathing Costume - as Reported in 1883

Exeter Flying Post – Wednesday 19 September 1883

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000103/18830919/022/0006

historical newspaper report about The Evolution of the Female Bathing Costume - as Reported in 1883

Derby Daily Telegraph – Thursday 10 October 1935

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http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000521/19351010/146/0002

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2 Responses to “The Evolution of the Female Bathing Costume – as Reported in 1883”

Norma GardnerAugust 18th, 2013 at 8:21 am

Many thanks I did enjoy reading what the female bather had to waer whilst swimming .
glad I live in this century!!
NG

The British Newspaper ArchiveAugust 19th, 2013 at 11:43 am

We’re glad you liked this article, Norma – yes, changed days indeed! Regards, Grant.

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