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French and German firefighter helmets from 1800

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never say a woman couldn't...

An Indian woman, a Japanese woman, and a Syrian woman, all training to be doctors at Women’s Medical College of Philadelphia, 1880s. (Image courtesy Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine Archives, Philadelphia, PA. Image #p0103)

Re: A piece of steampunk history

Two of the younger men have incredibly tall stovepipe hats.  Having worked for a business that sold top hats, these go well beyond even what is now deemed a 'high crown'.  These swimming costumes would have appeared risque even at the start of the 20th century when men typically still wore one-pieces covering their upper body too.  Combined with the top hats I wonder if something else is going on here rather than them simply preparing for a swim?