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Bathing Suit Bans & Arrests, 1922

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Two of the bathers being escorted off a Chicago beach by a police woman in 1922. The bathers were breaking a law banning abbreviated bathing suits.

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Bathing beauties being arrested for defying a Chicago edict banning abbreviated bathing suits on beaches.

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Photo Credit: National Photo Co./Shorpy

June 30, 1922: Washington policeman Bill Norton measuring the distance between knee and suit at the Tidal Basin bathing beach after Col. Sherrill, Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds, issued an order that suits not be over six inches above the knee.

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Photo Credit: Free Republic

Policemen measuring Peggy Graves’s swimming costume, to check whether it meets minimum clothing requirements, 1933

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