Thursday, April 27, 2017
Did Swim Teams Once Compete Naked?
I discovered these photos on the internet. At first I thought it was a spoof website -- surely men didn't swim naked in the the skittish 1940s and 1950s, where male nudity was forbidden in magazines and in movies, and pants were designed to eliminate bulges.
And some of these photos seem faked. The fonts are off, and there's no way nude photos would appear in high school or college yearbooks.
And the boys in the photos look a little old to be in high school or even college. Maybe they are ordinary nudists, with a swim team caption photoshopped in.
Plus there are ample photos of high school, college, and Olympic swim teams of the 1920s-1950s wearing body hugging suits, with bulges but nothing else.
But I've gotten verification in legitimate magazine articles and personal reminiscences. Men and boys in some schools actually did compete naked during the period.
Giving spectators an eyeful, even with the shrinkage.
The full article on swim team photos is on Boomer Beefcake and Bonding.