Arrested for their Bathing Suits

By

20th Jun, 2012

20120620-162002.jpg

This rather dramatic photograph of two women being arrested was taken in Chicago, 1922. Dressed in what would look to us like very conservative swimwear today, the women were being arrested for defying a ban on wearing their ‘brief swimsuits’ in public.

In the early 1900s, modesty laws were very strict and required most women to wear long one piece garments as well as stockings.

More women being led away in Chicago

As swimming became more of a popular social activity, the more bathers tried to push the boundaries of fashion at the beach.

But of course there were some people who were ready to spoil the seaside fun …

In 1919, a woman was arrested in Coney Island, New York for wearing a bathing garment (what would have basically looked like a long dress with stockings) in public – under her normal clothes.

Men without shirts were banned from the beaches in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the reason being that the city didn’t want “gorillas on our beaches.” Only in 1937 did men actually have the right to go topless with their swimming trunks.

20120620-162445.jpg

20120620-162505.jpg

20120620-162146.jpg

By the mid-1920s Vogue magazine was telling its readers that “the newest thing for the sea is a jersey bathing suit as near a maillot as the unwritten law will permit.”

And can we just take a minute to appreciate how cheap swimwear used to be!

20120620-162123.jpg

Via here, here and here

:::

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: 

.

 

You Might Also Like

Comments

More in Art & Design AwesomenessDesirable DigsInspiration Vault

Hot Off the Press

Editor's Picks

bookart

The Forgotten Book Painter

Have you ever found yourself doodling on the cover of a book, even just tracing over the lines of the artwork with your fingertips, or be it drawing moustaches with a permanent marker on magazine ...

Trending 6,554
Processed with VSCOcam with m5 preset

My Paris Clubhouse: 5 Hideaway Hangouts

We all had some kind of clubhouse as kids, didn't we? Whether it was a treehouse, a backyard den, a bedroom duvet fort, a secret meeting place in an old shack by the railway tracks; we all needed a...

Trending 12,834
courtyard

The Romeo & Juliet Villages of Santa Barbara

Now this is my idea of a Romeo and Juliet scene– that is if they had fallen in love in a fantasy Andalusian village rather than Verona. We're ogling at the mediterranean residence of Cota Street S...

Trending 4,580
deepnorth7

The Ice Age came early for this Winter Cabin

This is probably a tad out of season, but nonetheless pretty fun to ogle at; an abandoned home hijacked and frozen in time by ice and snow; a homely floral tablecloth stiff as a board, reading glass...

Trending 9,580