Friday, June 6, 2014
BATHING BEAUTIES with Parasols Postcards
As the summer beaches become a favored destination for vacationers everywhere, we hear many warnings about overexposure to the sun. Bathing beauties of the past used parasols, not sunscreen, to protect themselves from sunburn. Also, pale skin was then considered a plus, much as a healthy touch of suntan is considered attractive today. We open this post on parasols with a bright art deco design, one of my favorites. Playful children and a sultry beauty share the sands. This divided back flat design has a metallic sky and is hand-dated 1936 on the back.
No modesty here - this beauty knows just how alluring she is. Along with stockings and beach shoes, she wears a revealing red bathing suit with an off-the-shoulder design, sure to make her the center of attraction. Hers is an early bathing costume, and the postmark on this embossed postcard is 1914.
The caption at the top of this divided back flat British postcard says, "The Suggestion is Decidedly Cool" and we're unsure of whether that refers to walking in the surf or the shade of the bathing beauty's red parasol.
Another favorite, this one artist-signed Guillaume at lower right, with a warm tint to the colors and a crowd of interested observers in the background - some with binoculars and cameras. According to the back of this undated divided back flat French postcard, the image is titled, "Sensation".
A cheerful British beauty with a pun-caption lights up this divided back flat postcard. It's postmarked 1922. By this date, bathing beauties are no longer wearing stockings and this belle is barefoot.
Below we see two real photo studio beach beauties with parasols, the first published by Tuck from The Holiday Girl series, a hand-coloured Carbonette #4205. Delicate colors on this divided back postcard...the lady is wearing shorts and a shirt. She has a demure look and high-heeled shoes. The second design, with more vivid colors, is a French postcard with the bathing beauty wearing beach shoes.
PRICE ESTIMATES: The postcards in this post will cost between about $7. and $25. with the opening art deco design the most expensive. In general, real photo bathing beauties with parasols are a bit more expensive than bathing beauties without. These estimates are for postcards in EXCELLENT condition and they are only estimates.