|I have no direct evidence that bathers had boogie boards in the 1890s but it would seem logical that they existed made out of mutton or similar materials appropriate to the epoch.|
Academics and serious amateurs of this blog will note our fascination with all things 1890s. But the interest in this decade can result in practical applications.
For example, two years ago I forgot to bring towels to the beach. I told my kids after swimming to warm up "1890s style" by rolling around in the warm sand.
I don't know if this technique was invented during this era, but at the same time I don't know that it wasn't either.
This time at the beach we had towels but the pull of 1890s tradition was too strong to ignore. Plus the Lycra swim shirts were reminiscent of the extra-coverage of the swimwear from our favorite Gilded Age.