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Swimsuits

Joe Fortes teaching a local girl how to swim.

This never-been-worn swimsuit was found in a box in a dry goods store in interior BC with the price tag still on!

In the late 19th century, Vancouver By-Laws, as in many other North American cities, required “proper and decent” bathing costumes for ladies and gents. Modest wool swimsuits (and stockings for ladies) were not uncommon until the laws were relaxed in the late 1930s.

Did you know? Legendary English Bay lifeguard and special Constable Joe Fortes discovered what is now known as English Bay while row boating and thought it was “the very place for a boys’ swimming beach”! His vision soon became a reality and English Bay became early Vancouverites’  favorite summer spot.

Hint: Far from all the rambunctious boys activities, your next object was a staple for every little lady-in-training.

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