Posted by Linda Ann on December 10, 1997 at 11:37:52:
In response to Picture of Bathing Machines and Bathing dress..., written by The Mysterious H.C. on December 09, 1997 at 23:22:07
] In the background of this 1859 fashion plate you can see several "bathing machines" in position on the beach, one being moved by a horse, and a few more lined up further back from the shore; and also some women in bathing dress . . .
I saw the movie "Mrs. Brown" about the friendship of Queen Victoria with her equerry (spelling?) John Brown. When the Queen takes her granddaughters out for a swim at the lake, they used two of the changing huts with a ramp shown in your above scan. They were on wheels and placed to the Queen's satisfaction so she could come down the ramp right into the water. I suppose when you wear those clothes to bathe in, it makes sense in one respect - who would want to wear all those wet dripping layers for any length of time once your're out of the water?
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