Coney Island with Luna Park in background, 1932, photographer unknown
This postcard reminded me of a photo I saw in a fashion history book:
“These maillot-clad bathing beauties demonsrate that 1928 was a leap year.”
—New York Fashion: The Evolution of American Style by Caroline Rennolds Milbank
If 1928 was a leap year, then so was 1932, the year of the postcard photograph!
Milbank writes of the 1928 photo:
“By this time, women were wearing the exact same bathing costume as men, who did not abandon the tank tops of their swimsuits until the 1930s. For women, second-skin maillots signaled a radical change from the knee-length dresses with bloomers worn with mobcaps, dark stockings, and rubber-soled shoes seen in the water as recently as World War I.”
Compare with this postcard of Coney Island in 1904!
Thank goodness for the 1920s. Who knows where we’d be in 2016 without it.
For more Jazz Age fashion and postcards, check out my post The Cat’s Pajamas.