1936 But not quite yet.

“Another use for Fish Nets,” says the copy. “It is being demonstrated by these fair sun bathers at St. Petersburg, Fla., wearing the new sensations for the first time. They are Miss Thelma Newell, Toledo, O., and Miss Helen Berbice Richey, Erie, Pa. The sun bathing costumes are of black jersey with netting of the same material.”

Very daring. We’ve come a long way from the grey woolen bodystocking of Miss Long Island; now actual hip-area flesh is bared.

I don’t know exactly how that chair works, but Miss Helen is proving the durablity of thirties beach furniture.