There ain't no party like a Brighton Swimming Club party cause a Brighton Swimming Club party has TOPHATS

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Members of the Brighton Swimming Club (a.k.a. "The Brighton Bulge"*) pose for a photograph in their tophats, ca. 1863. Please note time-travelling Stephen Colbert, situated dead center, delivering his trademark smirk of incredulity. Hi-res here.

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* Not really, but the moniker fits. The sheer volume of swollen swimwear in this photograph borders on David Bowie levels of ridiculousness.

Illustration for article titled There aint no party like a Brighton Swimming Club party cause a Brighton Swimming Club party has TOPHATS
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Photo courtesy of the Brighton Swimming Club and the East Sussex Record Office, via reddit

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TooFauxcused
TooFauxcused

They look very aroused for a set of nearly naked met with nary a woman in sight.