Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Varazze, the beach
Unused and undated.
Varazze is on the Italian Riviera, between Genoa and Savona. It's a place with an interesting history - it started off as an offshoot of a Roman military post, then was fought over by various factions, once even becoming part of the Kingson of Sardinia.
By the time of this postcard, it looks as though the tourist industry was already becoming important. I'm hazarding a guess that this would be after the 1860s but before 1890s. The costumes are all long sleeved. I can see at least one belted waistline (about 1880) but the skirts are all below the knee. There are a couple of older style one-piece costumes and the colours all appear to be dark.
Does anyone have a better knowledge of swimwear fashion history?