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Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Short Swimsuit: A Personal & Historical Account

The Rumpus published my piece on short swimsuits:

My father wore a short swimsuit. I have a goofy picture of him, circa 1970: he’s on the beach holding his infant son (my brother, Scott), and he’s wearing a short blue swimsuit with white piping and a nifty snap at the waist. This was the Golden Age of short swimsuits—an epoch that lasted into the eighties. As a child, I experienced the end of this epoch. I have a picture of myself, circa 1983: I’m on the beach in Stone Harbor, and I’m wearing a short red swimsuit with a white and blue stripe down the side.

You can read the rest of the piece here

And here is a pic of Steve McQueen in a short swimsuit: