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Swimming on Air

Swimming on Air

Opaque stockings and sturdy shoes completed the ensemble, as modeled by this Red Cross swimming instructor, emulating “the frog” on a piano stool in 1900. She may have had good reason to teach her class on dry land: Outfits like hers weighed as much as 22 pounds (10 kilograms) when waterlogged.

Courtesy American Red Cross, 1900
From Swimsuits: 100 Years of Pictures, 2003

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