Plenty of hats, but not an inch of naked flesh on show at Southsea

East Southsea beach from South Parade Pier
East Southsea beach from South Parade Pier
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Today sees the last of the postcard collection lent to me by Raymond Wareham, of Redhouse Park Gardens, Gosport.

And we close with two hand-tinted pictures of Southsea beach when the resort was in its prime.

beach''The beach and Canoe Lake, Southsea

beach''The beach and Canoe Lake, Southsea

They’re undated, but the picture above looks like an image from the Edwardian period looking east from South Parade Pier.

Women, every one of them wearing a hat, are sitting against the pier’s railings, while hundreds of others sit down below on the beach. And there’s not an inch of naked flesh to be seen.

Below is a later picture. The postcard carried the caption ‘the beach and Canoe Lake, Southsea’.

But if you look carefully there appears to be no water at all in the lake.