What Real People Wore: Swimsuits, 1926

Today I’ve got some fabulous inspiration to share from one of my favorite vintage finds ever!  This comes from a scrapbook kept by Eva Kaplan- Class of 1927 from South Philadelphia High School.

Here’s some terribly adorable photos taken in  August, 1926, with handwritten captions by Eva.

And on the back of this last photo, it says:

Ah, the good old days! Just goes to show  you, our perspective of photos of ourselves hasn’t changed much in the last 80+ years!

10 Comments on What Real People Wore: Swimsuits, 1926

  1. wacky tacky
    July 12, 2012 at 10:36 am (3 years ago)

    “A couple of nifty collegiate peaches” indeed!!!

  2. Cat
    July 12, 2012 at 11:21 am (3 years ago)

    Interesting their use of slang. “rub it in” and “strut your stuff”. It’s neat to see we still use these phrases almost 90 later, even when others have gone by the wayside.

  3. Bunny Morenor
    July 12, 2012 at 11:26 am (3 years ago)

    Oh they look so comfy!!!! Love these photos! Thanks for sharing! xox

  4. alice
    July 12, 2012 at 11:32 am (3 years ago)

    Ah, such wonderful photos of times gone by. They made me smile inside.

    Thanks!

  5. Heide at Apron History
    July 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm (3 years ago)

    Love them!!
    I haven’t heard “Peaches” used that way before. Very interesting!

  6. jacqueline gonzalez The Darling Homemaker
    July 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh, Lauren,
    Those photos are wonderful. Is there anyway you could come up with a swimsuit pattern just like the ones in the pictures. I think it would be really nice to be able to sew one those swimsuit. :)

    • Lauren
      July 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks!
      Lisa at the Vintage Fashion Library actually has a 1920s swimsuit reproduction. I have it in my stash but haven’t made it up yet. Here’s the link. It says it’s “out of stock”, but maybe you can message her and ask when she thinks she’ll get more in :)
      http://www.vintagefashionlibrary.com/inc/sdetail/4588

      • jacqueline gonzalez The Darling Homemaker
        July 13, 2012 at 11:43 am (3 years ago)

        Thank You So Much.

  7. Alli
    July 13, 2012 at 4:28 am (3 years ago)

    How gorgeous! They are so sweet.
    And I think that they look waaaay more glamourous than the bikinis of today. Absolute dolls ;)

  8. Jen O
    July 18, 2012 at 7:38 am (3 years ago)

    What I find fascinating is how modern their attitude and style seems–especially if you compare them to what women wore only 10 years earlier. Wow, what an amazing generation!