We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
In the Western world, beach bathing is a late 18th-19th Century phenomenon.
Bathing became fashionable because, like taking spa water, it was thought to be healthful. A form of "taking the cure" for neurasthenia or whatever.
Furthermore, before then nobody went to the beach anyway, and having a tan was for peasants only. It was a sign that you labored outdoors. Nobody knew how to swim, either (as in Italy today).
Native peoples, especially in warm climates, knew how to swim. The Front Crawl, aka Australian Crawl (now universally used for Freestyle racing), was adopted by Western Civ around the turn of the century, via Solomon Islanders who used this speedy stroke.
Here's a history of women's bathing attire. They definitely did not swim in these things. You would rapidly drown. Maybe they just got a little wet up to their knees, and splashed some water on their faces.
Even today, most people do not go to the beach to swim. They go to read, to watch their kids play in the sand and waves, to obtain some beneficial rays of the sun, to enjoy a sea breeze blowing over their near-naked body, to take a cooling dip, or to surf or body surf where there are good waves.
And how many places can one go out in public and exhibit one's gorgeous, erotic self in what is basically underwear?
That picture of the delightful lass has been used before and is a pleasure to ponder. BUT (always the big "but") I never look at it without thinking the photographer should have done a bit of photoshop on the palm frond that seems to be sticking out of her head. I'm sure his goal was to not have too much empty space in the photo (it already a busy picture), but the unfortunate placing of the palm frond I find distracting (once I got beyond the palm? What Palm? stage.) Maybe a different model with more contrasting hair would have done the trick. As it is, its difficult to determine where the hair ends and the frond begins.
LOL. You make a good point. However, I'd also add, Bad Bokeh, i.e., the photographer ought to have used a longer lens with a much shallower depth of field, which would have done a better job of isolating the foreground subject from the background.
Lots of people knew how to swim, just noone important enough to make the history books...
Sailors (professionals that is, not the deckhands drafted out of bars and whorehouses on the docks), fishermen, most people living near or around waterways and lakes.
If you didn't know how to swim Darwin would get you.
Inquiring minds want to know. A couple of years ago you posted some topic with you in a bikini.
I've had carnal thoughts of you ever since.
I'll remind you. I've confessed this to you before, and you said I was normal. So is this you or not! : )
It was Sara and Gerald Murphy who converted the French Riviera from a winter to a summer resort. They were the wealthy couple, known by everyone in Paris in the 1920s, who played a prominent role in the the Cole Porter biopic, "De-Lovely." The Murphys built a lovely villa and got many of their friends from Paris to visit in the summer. Prior to that, it had been popular only with English tourists escaping harsh winters.
Pablo Picasso is widely believed to have attempted to seduce Sara and failed, resulting in his painting of her nude wearing only her iconic long string of pearls.