These first couple of images were taken by an amateur photographer, J.J. Clarke (from County Monaghan) between 1890 and 1910 while a medical student in Dublin.
The following is a photo taken in Bray (the Brighton of Ireland) of what ladies had to go through to go for a swim!
The next photo shows a Cincinnati suffragette dressed as a policewoman in 1909. The notion that women could possibly be employed in law enforcement was so alien that they had to dress up and present photographs so the public could grasp the idea! Note that the photo is marked -
(ideal - not actual)"
(It was not until 1959 that Irish women were permitted to join An Garda Siochanna, with Mary Browne from Galway becoming the first Ban Gharda.)
Moving on to the 20's!
This photo shows a Washington policeman measuring the distance between a woman's knee and bathing suit in 1922. There was a law stating that bathing suits could not be over 6 inches above the knee.
I could go on and on....!!!
Now that I am no longer spending every evening making vintage circus themed wedding paraphernalia I have a ridiculous amount of free time. With that in mind you can expect further posts from me on random subjects!!
x Caroline x