It was so much fun going through my stack of photos looking for swimsuit pictures of my ancestors. While the two photos I found of my ancestors on the beach were not in a bathing suits.....unless bathing suits have changed that dramatically... I found it remarkable seeing the changes over time. Here's my family's bathing suits from 1909 to 2008:
Depicted below is Clarence and Elizabeth Brown (nee Galligan) and child, my great grandma, Ruth Margaret Brown. Ruth was born in 1908, so this picture is taken in 1909, most likely on the beaches of Lake Michigan in Chicago, IL.
Unknown location, circa 1950's
Phoenix, Arizona, 2008
While pictures of my ancestors in bathing suits is limited, I have plenty of myself in bathing suits....I'm sure my future descendants will be proud...lol. So while, I'm younger (26) than most genealogists and people interested in family history, here's a view of swimsuits in the 1980's in Illinois for your viewing pleasure and my personal embarrassment:
Yep, that's me with the squirt gun....also pictured is my mom and two sisters, 1987
Me...climbing the ladder, other three children unknown, 1988
Taking the plunge, 1988
Cheap sprinkler fun in front of the house...me in front, followed by neighborhood friends and my two sisters, 1990.
We made up a game for the sprinkler, sort of like HORSE for basketball or Truth or Dare...whatever the one person in the sprinkler did, the others had to follow....no matter how silly or crazy. Memories...