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Where: Waterford, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1910

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Thought we might visit another bathing place today - this time it's the Bathing Slip at Tramore in Co. Waterford. A tad more rampant semi-nudiness on display than at Portrush yesterday...

And what a remarkable range of early 20th century male swimwear? Some seem almost improvised (not that I've examined their nether regions in great detail, you understand).

I repeat: Hubba, Hubba!

Date: Circa 1910?? (definitely after 1890, thanks Niall McAuley)

NLI Ref.: L_ROY_09090

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 31/May/2013 08:28:06

    Must be cold water!

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    derangedlemur

    • 31/May/2013 08:29:09

    Looks like it's on the boat slip here: maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V1,658387,601168,7,9

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    derangedlemur

    • 31/May/2013 08:30:39

    How do we add notes in this new and disimproved flickr?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 31/May/2013 08:35:49

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Click on the 3 ickle dots to the right under the photo.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 31/May/2013 08:37:53

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia This is Ireland - the water's always cold! I'm sensing something. I'm getting a strong feeling. What could it be? Oh, that's it - I feel that a Limerickbybeachcomber will be winging its way across the interweb about this one! :D (fingers crossed it'll be suitable for a family website)

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    derangedlemur

    • 31/May/2013 08:44:25

    In Tramore by the seaside one day Some lads with their knobs on display Found the salt water's chill Wasn't quite such a thrill When their members all shrivelled away

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    derangedlemur

    • 31/May/2013 08:44:40

    That sort of thing?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 31/May/2013 08:47:09

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Ahem, cough, splutter! Yes, probably that kind of thing... Though was hoping for a little more "before the watershed" obscurantism.

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    DannyM8

    • 31/May/2013 08:48:29

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland New tag needed *Limerick by the lemur" or Deranged Limerick by the Lemur

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    DannyM8

    • 31/May/2013 08:49:57

    Is at least one naked?

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    derangedlemur

    • 31/May/2013 08:50:06

    There is no watershed in the sea. The water level's above the ground level.

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    derangedlemur

    • 31/May/2013 08:51:02

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] That's why I wanted to add a note. I also think at least one is naked.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 31/May/2013 08:54:20

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Tag added.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 31/May/2013 08:56:12

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Bathing Huts 3 and 9 in exactly the same position in that colourised postcard from the excellent Waterford Co. Museum.

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    Simon_Bates

    • 31/May/2013 09:00:26

    It's probably just as well the photographer forgot to focus on the foreground!

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    derangedlemur

    • 31/May/2013 09:02:05

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland It's like enough that I'd guess it was taken at the same time. The clouds look hand painted, so they don't prove anything.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 31/May/2013 09:06:45

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I think so too! Chap standing in colour version in brown suit with white scarf looks like chap standing at right of group in our one...

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    derangedlemur

    • 31/May/2013 09:08:36

    That and the camera is in the exact same spot, the tide is at the same level, the rotting wooden remains are in an equal state of dilapitude, etc. Does the museum have a date for it?

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    DannyM8

    • 31/May/2013 09:09:01

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland I give up - where is the dog?

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    DannyM8

    • 31/May/2013 09:15:08

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland some of the comments on Facebook are hilarious....

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 31/May/2013 09:28:25

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] We have a great bunch of people over there as well.

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    Vab2009

    • 31/May/2013 12:55:26

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] ROFL!!!! Crikey - they all look frozen!!

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    Swordscookie

    • 31/May/2013 15:29:17

    If you harken back to the dreadful comments about the four oarsmen then these disgraceful flashers are getting off very lightly indeed:-) They look like bad lycra swim/cycle shorts.

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    DannyM8

    • 31/May/2013 17:34:12

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/swordscookie I think these lads would be as sick as a plane to Lourdes to be compared to the "meat and two veg" on display in the photo you reference....

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    ofarrl

    • 31/May/2013 23:35:01

    Another great photo Carol thanks for posting it. This was known as the mens slip, the ladies slip or bathing place was further up the beach near the cliffs. A slightly older view Tramore

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 01/Jun/2013 03:48:17

    Carol, it's called "shrinkage", from the Seinfeld episode... Please add that as a tag! haha

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Jun/2013 13:17:24

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Glad you like it, Paul. We're seeing evidence that men's and women's bathing places were segregated all over Ireland. Betting that this was the case in England, Wales and Scotland too. I'm wondering if the same held true for "continental" Europe? Also wondering what happened to interlopers from the other gender? Relatively recently that the all male bastion of the Forty Foot in Dublin was invaded...

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    ofarrl

    • 02/Jun/2013 14:38:12

    Tramore had another male only bathing place, The Guillamene Cove, not sure when it was opened to all genders. Sign at the Guillamene Guillamene Cove, Tramore May 2006

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 02/Jun/2013 14:55:02

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] Is Guillamene out near the Metal Man?

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    ofarrl

    • 02/Jun/2013 14:59:32

    It is Carol, near Newtown Cove.

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    derangedlemur

    • 04/Jun/2013 06:16:51

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland That's interesting. My granny always used to go swimming at Ladies' Cove in Dunmore East instead of at Lawless Strand with the proletariat (i.e. me).

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    ofarrl

    • 05/Jun/2013 00:42:13

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/] This is an old postcard of the Ladies cove around 1900 Ladies Bathing cove, Dunmore East

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Jun/2013 10:47:02

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] I know the "proletariat" stretch as Counsellor's Strand.