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Ordinary People on the Beach in the C20th - Fashion History

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Beach Photographs - Fashion History

These are original photographs taken at the beach in the UK. 

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Beach photos 1930's Beach Photographs 1930s

The photograph above was taken about 1933 and probably the one on the right in 1931.

Note the covered swimwear the boy wears in the second picture and the full clothing of the mother, whilst some of the men in both pictures wear waistcoats and formal ties at the beach.  Note the fullness in the trouser legs of the man on the far right.  This was possibly the influence of Oxford bag trousers of the era.

Beach photographs 1950's Beach 1950s

Sylvia and her young daughter taken on the beach in the mid 1940s.  Both wear home made cotton gingham check dresses.


Lorraine with her daughter circa 1950. Lorraine wears a scarf tied as a turban.  It was the tail end of a fashion from WWII, but ideal for a sandy beach.  Her dress is a functional cotton washing frock.

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Seaside Pictures 1950s Beach photos 1950's

A group photo taken on the Coney bay beach at Porthcawl in the late 1950s.  Every person is related.


6 children dressed in their Sunday best outside a caravan in the seaside resort of Porthcawl, Wales, UK.  Circa 1952/3. Crisp Cotton pique is the predominant fabric worn by the girls.  The tall girl at the back is about 12, but dressed like a mini adult.



Llangorse lake 1950s7 cousins at Llangorse Lake, Breconshire, South Wales, UK 1953.

The girls all wear the fashionable shirred elasticised rayon swimsuits of the day. Typical colours were royal blue, wine and emerald green.  They arrived at the lake by the available transport of relatives.  About twenty children sat in the back of an open top lorry whilst the adults travelled by cars.  A huge and memorable picnic was taken by the women and tea was brewed on a campfire.

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Beach Jersey 1960s

Beach photos 1970s


St. Aubins Bay, Jersey.  Photo of 3 teenagers sunbathing in 1967.  All the swimwear was by Marks & Spencer and Lycra was used in the fabric.


3 generations at the beach promenade in 1970.

All wear man made fabrics including the handbags which were made from Corfam.  The trousers of the mother and the child's dress were made from Courtelle jersey.  The grandmother's dress was made from raschel knit jersey.  All material were popular fabrics in the 1970s.


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