Way Back When: Sexy Swimsuits in 1916

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Way Back When: Sexy Swimsuits in 1916
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(Image: Ida Schnall in “Way Back When: Santa Barbara in 1916,” photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

 

By Betsy J. Green

Although many of the bathing suits worn by women in 1916 looked like knee-length prom dresses, women who actually wanted to swim, wore more sensible one-piece knitted suits. The one-piece suits were more revealing than the fluffy outfits, of course. Ida Schnall, a “Flying A” actress, was hailed as having “a perfect figure” — 34-24-40.”


Betsy's Way Back When book -- 1919 -- is now available in local bookstores and at Amazon.com. This is the sixth book in her series of the history of Santa Barbara, one year at a time. Learn more at betsyjgreen.com​

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Flicka Jun 07, 2020 09:35 AM
Way Back When: Sexy Swimsuits in 1916

If anyone back then saw a bikini they would suffer 'the vapors". Somewhere here I have a great-aunt's swimming suit, with a dress even. Scratchy material.

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