Today there is much debate as to the right costume for outdoor swimming.
Are you really a wild swimmer if you were a wet suit or should you just wear a swimsuit and brave the cold?
Now in days gone by the issue was a little more sensitive. When day trips to the seaside became fashionable and when both sexes wanted to bathe, something had to be done to protect public decency. Separate bathing areas for men and women were established on the beach and the introduction of bathing machines became a tantalizing spectacle for spectators gathered on the promenade.
The whole story makes a fascinating read – see: Hung Out to Dry, Chapter 3, Sex, Sea and Swimming Trunks – for the full story…