Snail's Postcard Post

Leap Day

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Coney Island with Luna Park in background, 1932, photographer unknown

This postcard reminded me of a photo I saw in a fashion history book:

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“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!

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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.

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