Wooden Bathing Suits

I guess the "Wear Wood" campaign never caught on. From Popular Science, May 1930:

Wooden Bathing Suits. These two girls are wearing bathing suits of wood. They are the latest novelty for use on the bathing beaches. Fashioned of thin spruce, they are said to be practical as costumes and also are sufficiently buoyant to encourage a timid swimmer to take a plunge. So far, none of them has warped or cracked.

eFootage.com has video footage from 1932 of "lovely ladies" modeling and swimming in the wooden suits.

     Posted By: Alex - Mon Jan 19, 2009
     Category: Fashion

XXX This isn't safe for work! :red:
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/19/09 at 08:51 AM
Why is this not safe for work?
They have on more clothes than I just wore to the grocery store.

That being said, Don't they get heavy when they get wet?
Posted by AGFH on 01/19/09 at 08:57 AM
I think they never caught on because people got board with 'em. Though watching the video, I'm pining for the old days. How fir do you think you could swim in those? I'll stop now; you'd probably get sycamore tree jokes.
Posted by Kenneth on 01/19/09 at 09:27 AM
Knot really, Kenneth. Yew could go on perennially.

AGFH, would you have watched otherwise?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 01/19/09 at 09:45 AM
Those suits are pretty revealing by 1930's standards
Posted by Matt in Florida on 01/19/09 at 11:03 AM
Expat: Good point, when I saw XXX I jumped at the link...LOL!
Posted by AGFH on 01/19/09 at 12:35 PM
Oak-ay, those are pretty weird. Still, yew have to admire the ingenuity the inventors had. I always pity the saps who think this will be the next trend, buying crap like this to spruce up their wardrobe.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 01/19/09 at 12:57 PM
kingmonkey - Don't be so rooted in what you think is fashion. Try to leave your first impression behind you and allow yourself to branch out.

Sorry but I can't pass up a good pun and I missed this yesterday.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/20/09 at 08:06 AM
Yeah patty, that was kind of shady. No need to bark at me. :roll:
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/20/09 at 04:33 PM
I just gotta say that I love our pun-rants.
Posted by kingmonkey in Athens, Ontario on 01/20/09 at 05:01 PM
kingmonkey - You don't think the pun-rants are a stain on the soul of WU? Wood it not be best to say goodbye to such silly childplay? I saw an opportunity, but patty dragged me back into it.
Posted by Madd Maxx on 01/20/09 at 09:55 PM
Ok, everyone. Maple we should stop now. And no beeching! We're just aspen for trouble.
Posted by Kenneth on 01/21/09 at 07:30 AM
that video gives me a woody!
Posted by mrjazz on 01/21/09 at 03:05 PM
I'm pretty sure one of those girls has a bad case of shingles.
Posted by tadchem on 12/17/12 at 05:43 AM
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