Men and women in bathing suits, Old Orchard Beach, ca. 1920

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By the turn of the 20th century, Old Orchard Beach was well established as a popular destination. Young people model the typical bathing fashions of the early 1920's, including two-piece swim dress, black stockings, and swim boots. The men wear a shorter version of the two-piece suit, but without the swim shoes.

In the early 1920's, beaches would monitor a women's skirt length with a tape measure to ensure modesty. As the decade progressed, fashion prevailed as swimsuits became shorter and tighter for both men and women.

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  • Title: Men and women in bathing suits, Old Orchard Beach, ca. 1920
  • Creation Date: circa 1920
  • Subject Date: circa 1920
  • Location: Old Orchard Beach, York County, ME
  • Media: Glass Negative
  • Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 1949, 2005.061.1719
  • Collection: Portland Press Herald glass negative collection
  • Object Type: Image

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