Posts Tagged ‘The Irish Sea’

On this beautiful sunny day, I thought that I would post two seaside related snapshots. This group of happy ladies were snapped in the early 1920s somewhere along the Eastern Irish coastline. I love their cloche swimming hats and the little child reaching precariously into the sea in above picture.

I have recently started to follow a blog devoted entirely to beach photographs: Swimming in pictures is based on Ian Phillips’ collection of vintage photographs of people in bathing costumes. It is interesting to note how similar, in both style and composition, beach snapshots were throughout the world.


The outfits worn by the ladies splashing about in the Irish sea are remarkably like those in a previous post of mine from another Irish 1920s album. Brighton Royal Pavilion and Museums have a short little piece on bathing costumes from this period. Advertisements  from Selfridge’s and Sparkenhoe show the ideal beachwear styles of the 1920s and prove that the Irish swimmers were very much en trend.

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I bought this photograph (and many others) from a seller in Spitalfields Markets, London. A colleague reckons that it might be one of the Irish sea trading schooners which worked out of Arklow, County Wicklow. To me the image, which was taken on Easter Sunday 1925, seems to evoke a much earlier era. I came across a couple of blog posts which outline a bizarre incident in which a tramcar crashed into a very similar schooner in Ringsend! The last remaining wooden topsail schooner, The Kathleen and May, is currently for sale and the owner’s website contains some great information. 


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