Scarborough beach 1897 bathing trolleys, photographer unknown. 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 men’s gaze.
One of the earliest photographs recording a London industry, this picture is one of a series taken by Geoffrey Bevington, a leather merchant and tanner from Bermondsey. Bermondsey was the capital's leather processing centre, and these pictures were displayed at the Bevington and Sons' stand at the 1862 International Exhibition.