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April 3, 2016

What we wore to the Sutro Baths

April 3, 2016

What we wore to the Sutro Baths

It’s rare to have weather warm enough to go for a swim in the ocean in the San Francisco Bay Area. And the undertow is fierce, making the waters that surround San Francisco dangerous for the average swimmer. About the only people you see in the water these days are surfers in wetsuits, or the most skilled of swimmers.

When looking at photos of beach-goers in San Francisco’s early days, people were almost always bundled up. This was not only because of modesty, but also for comfort to ward off the cold. Back in the early 1900s, if you wanted to go for a swim, you could do that at Sutro Baths, Lurline Baths or Fleishhacker Pool. The gallery shows what folks would wear for taking a dip, inside or out, or just to spend a day at the beach.

The photos span much of the 20th century, from the early 1900’s to the 1980’s. It’s a fun look at swimwear through the ages, how San Franciscans challenged the fierce currents that surround the Peninsula, and on occasion, escaped the heat of the day.

Source : sfgate.com