The Block Island Times

Getting ready for summer at the beach 93 years ago

By Robert M. Downie | Jun 13, 2012
Just six years after Abercromie & Fitch’s catalog tried to foist the so-called “Block Island” bathing suit upon America’s sandy shores, these two women on Crescent Beach demonstrated what they thought of the idea.

This week in history 93 years ago many vacation-conscious Americans in northeastern states were preparing for the upcoming beach season, just as we are this early-June week.
In its 1919 catalog, just before the start of the “Roaring 1920s,” the prestigious Abercromie & Fitch Co. offered “The Block Island” style bathing suit. This was an appropriate fashion for the era, particularly for this island, which always has been firmly on the staid side.
In the next decade, though, this type of swimwear would be relegated permanently into attic storage boxes by the youth of America.
The rest of the story will be seen on Crescent Beach over the next three months.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Suzanne D Cotter | Jun 14, 2012 10:51

Thanks for the larger pictures Mr. Downie!  It's great to "see" them!  Looking forward to the upcoming months......

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