Swimsuits in 1810 Paris…



Parisians used to love to bathe in the Seine. Horrendous pollution notwithstanding, in the 18th century every summer saw people swimming in the river, generally in the nude. Only at the onset of the French Revolution was skinny-dipping outlawed, for men and women. Hence these early 19th century bathing suits, shown in a print posted by fellow historical novelist Susan Holloway Scott.

And speaking of Susan, I wish to remind everyone that her latest, The Countess and the King, was just released… A fascinating account of the life of Katherine Sedley, mistress to King James II.

Congratulations, Susan!

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