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Working at PlayA History of Vacations in the United States$
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Cindy S. Aron

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195142341

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195142341.001.0001

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“through the streets in bathing costumes”: Resort Vacations, 1850–1900

“through the streets in bathing costumes”: Resort Vacations, 1850–1900

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(p.69) 3 “through the streets in bathing costumes”: Resort Vacations, 1850–1900
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Working at Play
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Cindy S. Aron

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195142341.003.0004

During the 19th century, American resorts varied widely—in size, cost, location, clientele. Some resorts were small towns that swelled to crowded, minimetropolises during the summer season. Other resorts presented a more rural demeanor. Seaside resorts offered swimming; mountain resorts touted the pleasures of country walks and rides; inland springs added bathing to the pleasures of strolling or riding either through the town or countryside; lakes tendered the possibilities of fishing and sailing. Vacationers at summer resorts, perhaps reflecting the generalized and growing interest in competitiveness and physicality, participated in a range of sports and games. Summer resorts provided middle-class women with a significantly wider range of amusements and pleasures than normally available to them. Perhaps nowhere was the potential challenge to middle-class rules of conduct so great as when it came to two other popular resort pastimes—flirting and courting.

Keywords:   United States, resorts, sports, women, swimming, flirting, courting, amusements, middle class, summer vacations

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