IN PICTURES: Too fancy for a paddle? Fashion through the years on Scarborough's beaches

Today, we think nothing of donning a swimsuit and heading for the beach, but at the turn of the 1900's fashion choices were considerably more conservative.

Friday, 22nd January 2021, 2:36 pm
circa 1913 Children on the sands at Scarborough.
circa 1913 Children on the sands at Scarborough.

Our gallery of bather's fashion spans from the 1890's to the 1930's. It looks strange today to see children scrambling over rocks in long dresses, but what would those in the photos make of what we wear today?

31st August 1923: Holidaymakers on the sands at Scarborough, Yorkshire. The town lies on the hill in the background. Two girls sit on a rescue boat drawn up on the sand.
Scarborough Seafront circa 1900: Panoramic view of the beach at Scarborough, Yorkshire.

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circa 1910: Bathers in the South Bay at Scarborough, a popular coastal resort in North Yorkshire. The 12th century castle stands on the cliff in the background.
1913: Bathers playing on the sands at Scarborough
April 1936 The fine weather which has been prevalent for the past few weeks brought out some early bathers at Scarborough, who enjoyed their first dip of the season. A kindly policeman directs the early bathers to the safety bathing area at Scarborough.
circa 1911: Eager bathers go for an early morning dip at Scarborough, Yorkshire.
Crowds on the beach at Scarborough, North Yorkshire, with a row of bathing machines at the water's edge, 1890s.
circa 1911: A group of female bathers go for an early morning dip in the sea at Scarborough, Yorkshire.
December 1938. In spite of the temperature being below freezing point, these hardy girls at Scarborough donned bathing costumes and ran down to the sea, but there their courage failed for they only went knee-deep into the water.
1913: Children paddling on the beach at Scarborough in Yorkshire.
circa 1913: Children on the sands at Scarborough.
31st May 1923: Paddling on South Sands, Scarborough, Yorkshire.
June 1908: Crowds gather to watch a Punch and Judy puppet show on the beach at Scarborough.
Children holding hands on the beach at Scarborough, England, circa 1913.
Sandcastles, children 's corner on the sands at Scarborough, about 1913, Scarborough.
1st June 1913: Holidaymakers on the North Beach at Scarborough, North Yorkshire.