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story.lead_photo.caption Swimsuit styles have changed a great deal over the years, as this photo, taken at Coney Island, N.Y. around 1898, shows. Illustrates KIDSPOST-SWIMSUITS (category l), by Marylou Tousignant, special to The Washington Post. Moved Monday June 2, 2014. (MUST CREDIT: Strohmeyer & Wyman/Library of Congress)

The thought of trying on swimsuits is enough to make some of us sweat. Be grateful you weren't around 100 or 200 years ago, when swimsuits were made of itchy wool and looked like Hogwarts robes. (Or maybe you'd like to wear a Hogwarts robe to the beach.)

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Print Headline: Polka-dot bikini? Try canvas dress!

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