Young male surfers ("The Pier Club Mob") tease Alf "Bait" Gould about his backless swimsuit (a gift from his girlfriend), Bondi Beach, 10 October 1932, by Sam Hood

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Where: Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia

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Notes: Sydney Exposures book and exhibition caption: The boys on the beach, Bondi, 10 October 1932 : The athletic young man with the backless cotton costume risks arrest. Regulations from the turn of the century prevented men from exposing their upper torsos on the beach, but from the late 1920's, more adventurous bathers abandoned the traditional woollen skirted costume.
["The Pier Club" was first used by the changing sheds attendant, George Proudfoot, who said "You bloody Pier Club Mob will have to stop getting changed on the beach." The pier under which they changed was one of two on Bondi Beach.]
[l to r: Frank Fitzgerald, Roy "Ghandhi" (or "Ritchie" ?) Richards (compositor), Sol or Solly Marks, Louie Joseph, Les Pointer, Charlie Grubbs, Ray "Blondie" Pointer (printer at the Sun newspaper), Alf "Bait" Gould (used to swim alone beyond the breakers, hence the nickname "Bait" as in "Shark Bait", and worked at the Sun), Frank "Fonco" Ward of Paddington or Colin Stanton (?), Jack Thomas, Joe Johnson (carpenter from Bondi), unknown smoker, and Charles Martin]

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    ßò ~ ŝàĺĥ

    • 20/Nov/2009 18:01:43

    مشاءالله كومنت مى

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    Henny HR

    • 21/Nov/2009 11:35:05

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called ~New Envy of Flickr!~ Invited Only - 1 post - 2 comment, and we'd love to have this added to the group! Superb!

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    The Shane H

    • 21/Nov/2009 19:18:39

    The predecessors to the modern surf dudes.

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    • 22/Nov/2009 16:32:30

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Fascination Nostalgia, and we'd love to have this added to the group! Invitation / Invitación / Einladung / Invito / Convite / Uitnodiging / Приглашение /招待 The photo is beautiful

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    • 26/Nov/2009 21:36:53

    Never mind the "backless" - what about the hungry bum?!

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    • 15/Dec/2009 19:28:57

    Haaaaaaha!!! buffissimi molto bella

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