|My husband's gran wore this vintage swimsuit down the shore, probably in her teens. I bet it was stylish back in the day.|
The suit is actually two pieces. A romper style body suit that comes down to the knee, and a full cut sleeveless blouse with a belt, that goes over top. The belt, which adds a little shape to the waist, has Katharine's personal name tag. She might have worn a black bonnet style bathing cap with it too.
|Beach wear ca. 1900|
Katharine L Kurtz
My husband's family saved this and the matching men's suit, and have worn both as a Halloween costumes over the years. The men's is a one piece, tank top style, wool suit. Each of the suits has a tag number sewn into the collar. Maybe it matched a number on a shore side dressing booth?
There are full length, black, stockings that are worn with this outfit too! One of the five pairs has been hand mended many times, and it also has Katharine's name tag.
I found a similar swim suit in the Metropolitan Museum collection.
|Bathing suit, ca. 1900, Metropolitan Museum Collection|
This treasure belongs on display at our local museum!
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