Young man in his bathing costume

by Richard Overy

I bought this carte-de-visite from a camera fair in Wolverhampton, the photograph does not contain any other information but will probably date from around the turn of the 19th century.

It’s unusual for two reasons, the young man is in his bathing costume rather than more formal dress and it seems to have been taken outside rather than in a studio.

After watching the swimmers at the London 2012 Olympics this weekend it does seem that swimming costume have changed just a bit!