Scarborough beach 1897 bathing trolleys, photographer unknown.
Written by my friend “M.”:
Scarborough beach, England, taken in 1897. The bathing trolleys were made so that victorian ladies could get undressed and into their (less than revealing) bathing suits, then be pushed, or pulled, into the sea, and get into the water without revealing themselves to the mens gaze.
The boats in the bay are the herring fleet which used to travel up the coast each year following the herring shoals and stop off at Scarborough to unload their catch. even when I was young they still used to come once a year (different boats by then obviously, not sailboats) and all the children used to go and watch and it was like a huge street party with everyone helping to unload the fish. and all the ladies helping too and all the visiting fishermen getting drunk. Anyway, needless to say they over fished and the herring shoals disappeared !