By Cory Doctorow at 2:47 pm Sun, Jul 22, 2012
It's not clear to me whether this photo of Winston Churchill in a bathing suit comes from 1911 or 1922 -- the title of the How to Be a Retronaut page is ambiguous -- but either way, he cut a fine figure of a man.
Winston Churchill in his swimsuit, 1911/1922
We will flaunt them, on the beaches
Take a straightedge and connect the corners of that photograph. Notice where the two lines meet, almost to the pixel.
I don’t know whether it was the original photographer, or the guy who developed the film, or whoever cropped this for BB, but somebody wanted us thinking about Little Winnie all day long. Well, mission accomplished!
We have nothing to fear but… BALLSACK!
An argument for (or against?) Westhoff’s diagonal method.
Only if he’s a grower.
That water must’ve been cold.
Looking at the source, the simplest explanation is that these are photos from 1911 AND 1922. This one here is from 1922.
I’d have thought the water at a British beach would be impossibly cool year-round but some maps suggest that summer temps in the 80’s (F) are entirely common.
Not this summer. It hasn’t stopped raining since march.
I dunno… looks like it was probably pretty cold.
I’ve lived on the south coast in Sussex and in south Wales and in the summer the sea there is very pleasant and swimmable.
That would be the Gulf Stream.
Just because the air temp is in the 80s doesn’t mean the water temp is the same…and if you’re at a beach in the north, say, Scarborough or Whitby, you’re swimming in the North Sea – ALWAYS cold.
i love that it’s a tabloid called The Tatler. some things never change.
Pretty sure that’s from D-Day.
The German soldiers surrendered en masse when they saw that coming.
♫ Land of soap and water,
Hitler’s having a bath.
Churchill’s looking through the keyhole,
Having a jolly good laugh ♫
♫ Hitler has only one big ball
Göring has two but very small,
Himmler has something sim’lar,
But poor old Goebbels has no balls at all. ♫
What did they do when he was getting ready to come?
“It’s not clear to me whether this photo of Winston Churchill in a bathing suit comes from 1911 or 1922″
Wikipedia telles me he was born in 1874. So does he look 37 or 48?
It could still be either; people looked older in those days.
Definitely 1922. Swimmers wore more elaborate bathing suits in 1912. There’s a figure in the water off his left shoulder that looks like a woman. Is that a swimming cap or white hair? The cut of the jib on the neckline looks a little different, too, though in those days the suits were pretty much uni-sex knitted wool which was actually pretty revealing when soaked with water. That said, I do prefer the cover up of a big belly those suits provided. Just my personal pref.
Is that a cigar in your trunks or are you just happy to see me?
The nanosecond I saw this post, I thought “some BBB’s gonna pull a cigar joke”.
Very funny. Now pull the other one.
He always looks like he’s about ready to bite someone.
“We shall bite on the beaches….”
Hopefully a grower, certainly not a shower.
Just look at it.
I think we’ve all already done that…
I agreee. Looking good, Churchie!
Fine figure of a man? He’s overweight and has no muscle definition. I respect Winston Churchill, but not for his physical appearance.
All he’s saying is that Winston Churchill should have been rockin’ the Bowflex® before hitting the surf to tighten his abs and tone that flabby jaw. But I think we can all be jealous of those legs.
actually, he’s a lot trimmer than he’s usually depicted in movies and tv shows with his character in it.
“He’s overweight and has no muscle definition.”
The average American male should be so overweight and undefined.
Uh, the same goes for the UK.
That is what happens when you stay cooped up in those WWII bomb shelters
Cor blimey! Winnie was a Page 3 girl.
Don’t touch my junk.
Never have so many ogled so much at so little.
For what it’s worth, I honestly believe that one of the great tragedies of our time is that William Manchester died before he was able to complete the last volume of his Churchill bio, “The Last Lion.”
The first two volumes are spectacular, and he was just getting to the good stuff. My knowledge of history is abysmal, and these books were so enlightening… seek out the first two volumes, and I promise you’ll never regret it.
You. I’m talking to you. You will be very glad you sought out these books. Enlighten yourself.
It’s not even that he died too soon … it’s that his mind went, long before he died. Because a lot of people had been waiting a long time for the planned third volume, there was a lot of interest, and the New York Times ran a front-page (iirc) story about how Manchester had given up, because he could no longer concentrate enough to read and to write. I remember in particular a section about how Manchester had once eschewed television drama as being too simple-minded, and now couldn’t even watch cop shows because he couldn’t follow the plot and keep a grip on the narrative for the hour the show ran. Very sad.
His other books are very worth reading, especially his war memoir and his books on the Kennedy assassination, on Krupp, and on America 1932-1972. I recall finding his Mencken biography a little pedestrian.
Regarding the two volume hagiography of Churchill, the
“Last Lion”, I take it that you like your history served up as semi-fiction.
What has salt to do with it? A halography is a treatise on salt (which might explain what Old Winston was doing in the sea). I think you mean hagiography.
Thanks for the correction. Hagiography is a useful word when it applies, and I should learn how to spell it.
Since the word refers to a biography written with the excesses of a nomination for sainthood, I guessed, incorrectly, that it had something to do with halos.
Maybe this type of suit could be a good alternative to the naked scanner at the airport.
Fun fact – these suits were knitted wool. I can’t imagine them being that comfy.
My mother had a navy blue one piece with white piping and buttons to close it. I swear that it was made out of sailcloth. It could stand up on its own.
Does she still have it? Vintage suits are worth money.
He’s a little cranky. He hasn’t had his day’s champagne yet.
And so now the mystery of who’s behind funnyjunk.com is solved.
I could have gone through my day without having a gaze at Winston Churchills barely hidden junk.
Thanks, BoingBoing …
I vote for 1922: he had more hair in 1911.
There’s a small statue built exactly the same at the Herb Ritts exhibit at the Getty Center in LA. After Ritts, Klimt, and the Impressionists, I’ve had enought T, A, P, D and Scrote to last several months!
What has been seen cannot be unseen. Thanks, BoingBoing, for forever implanting this image in my head.
He intended to fight them on the beaches… in that?
Regarding the picture of Churchill at the beach circa 1911 or 1922: Put your thumb, or some other object over Winnie,’s (Churchill’s) face and receding hairline and see if you can tell whether you are looking at a super annuated, boy person, or super annuated girl person.
Well, if he looked like that coming out of cold water…Clemmie was a lucky lady!
A slightly less flattering seaside picture quite damaged the reputations of Weimar Republic’s president Ebert and war secretary Noske in 1919.
The problem isn’t so much what they look like half-naked; it’s how often they managed to get their kit off when there’s a photographer nearby.
Proof positive that Sir Winston had “big brass ‘un’s” !
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