I posted my thoughts about this 1920s romper back in June. One of the things I wrote was this:
So rompers definitely were a thing for women, at least in the 1920s and 1930s. Still, I don’t agree with calling a gym suit a romper, no matter how much the garment is similar.
But then last week I found a real shocker in a 1926 high school yearbook.
These are the girls of the Gainesville Athletic Club at Gainesville High School in Florida. Could it be these were the actual basketball uniforms? It is hot in Florida, so maybe they adapted the usual bloomer suit into a light cotton garment.
I do need to make sure you notice that the suits are not identical, though they do seem to be made from the same fabric. And what’s with those belts?
It does pay to keep an open mind when it comes to the past. The minute we start saying “never” and “always” we run into trouble.
I also want to give a big thank you to all the kids over the past one hundred years who worked tirelessly on the yearbook committee. I don’t collect yearbooks, but anytime I run across an older one I always thumb through it to see if I can spot anything interesting. This time I was really rewarded. Along with several yearbooks dating from the 1920s through the 40s, someone donated a series of photograph albums from the same years to Goodwill. It all ended up in the bins, and while I didn’t buy any of it, the guy who put them in his cart kindly let me photograph some really great photos.