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1939-45 • Suntop and trunks

•  Imminent invasion of Britain was expected and many beaches were closed to the public.
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The right hand photograph should not have been taken because it shows wartime (scaffolding) defences against lightening coastal raids.

These early two-piece costumes would later be called bikinis. At this time they are usually of "industrial strength" fabric and construction.

• From photo album page "Holiday at Sidmouth 1941"- Barbara (WRAF) •