New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Archival Anecdotes: Summertime (of another era)


August 2, 2021

Folks in full Edwardian attire (including knickerbockers and parasols) gather on a lakeside beach. Several outbuildings and trees frame the backdrop. A young man plays guitar, while others test the waters. In the distance appears to be a water-slide and crowds of people having a good time.   This photograph is part of the Eddy County Museum's historic photo collection, however I'm not entirely convinced it was taken in or around Eddy County. Perhaps someone out there has heard of such a lakeside paradise and can provide some context. Circa 1910.

It is shocking to see people overdressed during the sweltering summer heat. But have you ever seen a group of young people go to the beach in full-length dresses?

Of course not! But if you were around in the 1910s, you likely would have.

But why?

It was simply not proper to show much skin, and full coverage attire provided a perk for those who ventured out of doors. Heavy clothing protected a...

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