[Ads-l] Antedating of "Bikini"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Dec 9 03:00:57 UTC 2014


Apparently not widely reported in digitized English-language publications using the term "bikini" . . .

Fred Shapiro



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Subject: Re: Antedating of "Bikini"

This link takes you to Michelle Bernardidi modeling the first bikini on July
5, 1946. It was, they say, widely reported.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micheline_Bernardini
DAD

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Subject:      Antedating of "Bikini"
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bikini (OED, b., 1948)

1947 _Los Angeles Times_ 22 June 1 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  First =
came the famous Bikini model, worn by a shapely blond.  The Bikini model co=
nsists of three small triangles of cloth.

Fred Shapiro

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