Research Document - Swimming in the Edwardian Era

The penny post was so quick and efficient that mail would arrive at its destination in a matter of hours. Picture post cards became an important and entertaining form of communication and card collecting was very competitive.

Up until the first decades of the 20th century, the only activity for women in the ocean involved jumping through the waves while holding onto a rope attached to an off-shore buoy. By 1915 women athletes started to share the actual sport of swimming with men and thus began to reduce the amount of heavy fabric used in their billowing swimsuits.

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