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French Seaside Resort Clothing: Individual Resports--Dieppe

Figure 1.--Here we see English anf French boys attracted by a toy sailboat builder on the Dieppe beach. It is a Keystone stereo-view card (P297/V24878). Note the pebbly beach. The text on the back reads, "French boys buying toy boats from a boast builder: The two French boys, Pierre and Jaques, have come from Parisdown to the seashore to spend their vacation. Edward the Englih has come over from Enhland for the same reason. It took Pierre and Jacques about four hours on an express train to come from Paris and it took Edward just about as long to cross the English Channel by boat. Here they are all looking at the sailboats this man has made to sell. Do you think the boys can talk to each other? After the boys have bought their boats and found a good place to sail them, they will go bathing. The beach is a very fine one and safe for the boys. They will change their clothes in the tents that you see on the beach. What else can these boys do at the beach?" Click non the image for a wider look at the beach.

Dieppe is a fishing port on the Normandy coast of northern France. It is located between Calais and the Normandy D-Day beaches. It has a deep harbor which is what attracted the Allies in World War II and why the Germans protected it with substantial defenses. The area is known as the Located on the scenic Alabaster Coast. Dieppe has a centuries long seafaring history, dating back to the Vikings who arrived (8th century AD). The port's name, Dieppe meaning deep, is an allusion to the deep waters. Fishing was always important to the local economy. And even before Columbus, Dieppe fishermen began a distant-water cod fishery off the Americas (Newfoundland). Dieppe sailors explored the waters off Africa as European merchants opened up trade routes to the East. The famously pebbly beach is overlooked by white cliffs. Before World War II, Dieppe not only attracted French tourists, but was a favorite destination for British cross-Channel tourists. Dieppe was not only known for fishermen, but Dieppe sailors explored the globe. The port not only features the beach, quays and restaurants, and now a wonderful Saturday morning market. The Dieppe Beach is very pebbly, something the Allied invasion planners ignored and was a factor in their failure. At the top of the cliffs overlooking the beach is the historic Château de Dieppe. The castle’s museum includes maritime exhibits, ivory sculptures, and impressionist paintings. Close by is a Memorial to men who perished in the World War II invasion attempt (August 1942). The reconstructed medieval Saint-Jacques Church is a Gothic building. While Dieppe has a long history, its reputation as a vacation resort is much more recent, the result of the capitalist-driven Industrial Revolution, generating income for a widening sector of the French population. Dieppe is regarded as France’s first ever seaside resort beginning after the end of the Napoleonic Wars (early-19th century). Following the trend in England, English fashions, ordinary Parisians took up holidaying by the sea. And Dieppe was a popular choice. It was the first purpose-built Etablissement des Bains (sea-bathing establishment) in France (1822). The Dieppe resort attracted the British as well. At the time, despite the narrow Chanel, vacationing in France was not a major British activity. Particularly notable was the Bohemian artistic set which in addition to the beach resort, appreciated the more relaxed cultural atmosphere in France. The French Belle Epoque was a welcomed escaped from straight-laced Victorian Britain. Artists from both sides of the Channel worked and exchanged ideas at Dieppe. Ferry links made Dieppe an important first port of call for generations of British visitors. Among the visitors. were British boys like some of the children here attracted by a toy sail boat maker at the turn of the 20th century (figure 1). In recent years, Dieppe has become famous for its kites.


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