Winston Churchill in a bathing suit


65 Responses to “Winston Churchill in a bathing suit”

  1. Flashman says:

    We will flaunt them, on the beaches

  2. Jeffrey says:

    Looking at the source, the simplest explanation is that these are photos from 1911 AND 1922.   This one here is from 1922. 

  3. Robert Holmen says:

    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.

  4. franko says:

    i love that it’s a tabloid called The Tatler. some things never change.

  5. Just_Ok says:

    Pretty sure that’s from D-Day.

    • SomeGuyNamedMark says:

       The German soldiers surrendered en masse when they saw that coming.

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        ♫ 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. ♫

      • Just_Ok says:

        What did they do when he was getting ready to come?

  6. RadioSilence says:

    “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.

    • rattypilgrim says:

       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.

  7. Robbo says:

    Is that a cigar in your trunks or are you just happy to see me?

  8. Antinous / Moderator says:

    He always looks like he’s about ready to bite someone.

  9. Guest says:

    Hopefully a grower, certainly not a shower.

  10. Tim Newsome says:

    Fine figure of a man? He’s overweight and has no muscle definition. I respect Winston Churchill, but not for his physical appearance.

  11. Wingnut says:

    Cor blimey! Winnie was a Page 3 girl.

  12. Marko Raos says:

    Don’t touch my junk.

  13. malindrome says:

    Never have so many ogled so much at so little.

  14. randyman says:

    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.

    • Warren_Terra says:

      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.

    • J_H_M says:

      Regarding the two volume hagiography of Churchill, the
      “Last Lion”, I take it that you like your history served up as semi-fiction.

      • Wreckrob8 says:

        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.

        • J_H_M says:

          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.

  15. Scratcheee says:

    Maybe this type of suit could be a good alternative to the naked scanner at the airport.

  16. Mister44 says:

    Fun fact – these suits were knitted wool. I can’t imagine them being that comfy.

  17. SomeGuyNamedMark says:

    He’s a little cranky.  He hasn’t had his day’s champagne yet.

  18. s2redux says:

    And so now the mystery of who’s behind is solved.

  19. Alexandros says:

    I could have gone through my day without having a gaze at Winston Churchills barely hidden junk.
    Thanks, BoingBoing …

  20. mclean1382 says:

    I vote for 1922: he had more hair in 1911.

  21. marilynsue says:

    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!

  22. Gyrofrog says:

    That’s unfortunate

  23. GregS says:

    What has been seen cannot be unseen. Thanks, BoingBoing, for forever implanting this image in my head.

  24. tompl says:

     He intended to fight them on the beaches… in that?

  25. J_H_M says:

    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. 

  26. Well, if he looked like that coming out of cold water…Clemmie was a lucky lady!

  27. avocadotoe says:

    A slightly less flattering seaside picture quite damaged the reputations of Weimar Republic’s president Ebert and war secretary Noske in 1919.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      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.

  28. Proof positive that Sir Winston had “big brass ‘un’s” !

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