Traveller's Journal - Vintage Photo - First Half of 20th Century date unknown Click on photo to enlarge The photo to the left shows a shoreline with boys and girls enjoying the water. Bear in mind this movie was intended to be seen by the entire family; thus, seeing boys completely naked at a river bank was considered a normal experience for anyone regardless of age or gender as late as This photo is of importance as it evidences what we have read in many accounts written by those that were boys during that era who had objected to being forced to be nude in such settings, particularly because they were embarrassed having their genitals on display for girls their same age, and understandably so. Although the frequency of females being present can be debated, this photograph suggests that if such a scene could take place in public, then in at least some of these institutions, sisters and coed students may indeed have been allowed to be in the pool areas while the boys swam and competed naked, as well as providing some evidence that female instructors may have taught the boys their swim lessons in some cases. The acceptability of the age of boys that would swim nude slowly decreased from the mid 19th century onward, and in this video it seems that boys that were over, say, 12, would wear suits.
What is noteworthy is that this group of people are at a public beach and the three boys in foreground, one of whom appears to be about 10 or 11 years of age, are all naked, although all older males wear bathing suits.
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And it was consider vulgar for any woman to let a man see her ankles in public. Tanning together, hotelroom fun, girls oiling up. Girls on a cruise, beach fitness, licking pussy. Young Men - European Lake Swimming Young Men Swimming in European Lake - Click on icon on bottom right of screen to expand for full screen viewing The video to the right shows historic footage of young men swimming at a lake. It should be noted that girls were never required to swim nude, but instead, unlike the boys, swimsuits were furnished females to protect their modesty and pride. Children at Lakeside circa This was due to both custom and the crude water filtration systems of the era, which were easily clogged by the cotton and wool fibers of bathing suits.