Sunday, June 28, 2009

Bathing Belles

So you head down to the beach, nicely outfitted in a broad brimmed hand, a sweet bathing suit, and a good dollop of sunscreen. You look nice - practical, but with shades of Esther Williams. And then She appears: the skimpy, skinny, overly tanned, jiggling beach bunny. It's just the indecency of it that bothers Olive, not any faint jealousy about how someone can be that toned.

If you want to return to a beach season when you weren't visually assaulted, take a peek at this collection of "bathing belles" from the late 19th century to the 1930s, including actresses like Clara Bow and Carole Lombard. Some of Olive's favourites:

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