Bathing Beauties: Historic Photos of Jersey Shore Sunbathers

Photos dating back to the late 1800s show how times have changed when it comes to bathing suit fashions at the Jersey Shore.

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Circa 1897: A group of men and women posing in their bathing suits while wading in Atlantic City, N.J.
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Beach and bathers south from the pier, Atlantic City, N. J. This picture is believed to have been taken in 1895.
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A lifesaver on the lookout. Picture taken between 1880 and 1906.
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Crowded beach in Atlantic City, N.J. sometime between 1890 and 1910.
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1903. Two women in their suits walking along the beach in Atlantic City, N.J.
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1903. Glamour shot of bather in Atlantic City, N.J.
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1903. A modern pyramid on the sand in Atlantic City, N.J.
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Pool court. Women wading at the baths at Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, circa 1910.
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September 13, 1921: Margaret Gorman, "Miss Washington," in her bathing suit in Atlantic City, N.J.
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September 8, 1922: Bathing beauties from New York enjoying some time on the beach at an Atlantic City carnival.
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In the surf. Wildwood Villas. Circa 1920 - 1930.
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People on the beach and boardwalk at Asbury Park, N.J. Picture taken sometime between 1908 and 1922.
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Man and women posing for picture on a donkey at a crowded beach in Atlantic City, N.J. Picture taken between 1900 and 1915.
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1927. Atlantic City Pageant contestants.
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