I think that we can all agree that the Victorians did some pretty silly things. Hindsight is almost always 20/20, and I certianly hope that 150 years after our time has gone, people of the future will look back on our society as a whole and think we did and thought some pretty backwards things too.
One thing that the Victorians had that I found to be rather odd, but not particularly surprising, are these things called bathing machines. Say your a lady or gentleman of some refinement and sophistication during the Victorian era. It’s a lovely day out, so you decide that you’d like to go to the beach with a gaggle of your chums. But you certianly can’t let the members of the opposite sex see you in your bathing suit. That’s just crude and nasty (I guess?).
So to ease their woes, the Victorians created this vehicle called a bathing machine that they wheeled out on to the coast so that people could change into their respective swim wear and swim in what their society had defined as decent. Here’s a picture:
The bathing machines are hanging out in the left side of the picture above. As a bonus, I really like this one:
You can see eleven other photos of this strange swimming practice at The Big Foto, and learn more about the contraptions themselves here. Check it out, and be happy you don’t live during this era next time you head to the beach!