19th Century Diving In a Dress

Diving c.1892

Another stereoscopic card to celebrate summer: a woman diving off a pier, c.1892.

I can’t imagine what it must have been like diving in that dress!

Source: [Library of Congress LOT 13866, no. 12]

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10 Responses to 19th Century Diving In a Dress

  1. Gypsy Bev says:

    These long dress-like swimsuits really fit the modesty of the times. They even had bathing machines that carried them from a changing room to the water’s edge so the men would never see them in their bathing attire. How times have changed!

  2. She has very good diving ‘form’ so she obviously practiced a lot in spite of her encumbrances!

  3. I am not so sure the diving part would be too difficult. It is the recovery once you hit the water. I bet that wet dress made it difficult to come up for air and get out of the water.

  4. Lasseter says:

    Way back in the days of my youth, when I was training to be a lifeguard, part of the training was swimming with all of our clothes on (shoes included). Little did the modest 19th century woman realize that the cultural restraints of her day were preparing her to save lives.

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