Risque Bathing Suits

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Chatter - Anything and everything' started by amandainvermont, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. amandainvermont

    amandainvermont Trade Member

    I found these photos in the blog - "History by Zim". The first is 1922 near Chicago - Two bathers are escorted off the beach by a police woman for breaking a law banning "abbreviated bathing suits." If you look in the background there are others being rounded up - it must have been some kind of daring "sit in."

    The original caption on the second photo reads: "Bathing beauties being arrested for defying a Chicago edict banning abbreviated bathing suits on beaches."

    The shame! Swimsuits-in-public2.jpg Swimsuits-in-public.jpg
  2. Leonardo da Vintage

    Leonardo da Vintage Administrator Staff Member

  3. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

  4. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    I never know whether to trust those 'news' images. So many times they hired a couple of showgirls and alerted the press before the cops arrived, so the whole thing was set up. Funnily enough, the only arrest made for wearing a monokini in public also happened in Chicago. In that case it was a wannabe actress who wore it expecting to get arrested for the publicity.
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  5. amandainvermont

    amandainvermont Trade Member

    I hadn't thought of that Jonathan. Certainly is possible.
  6. cmpollack

    cmpollack Trade Member


    That second picture is a hoot!

    Interesting that they're wearing socks of some kind with their bathing suits...
  7. vintagemerchant

    vintagemerchant Administrator Staff Member


    thanks for sharing, Amanda!
  8. foofoogal

    foofoogal Registered Guest

    Hilarious for sure. I am sure it was all very scandalous and talked about for months and months.
  9. Nicola-Ann

    Nicola-Ann Registered Guest

    What a fabulous post! It is a shame that some of the "suits" women walk out in today are not deemed unseemly enough for the same treatment...!
  10. onceoza

    onceoza Registered Guest

    We've come a long way baby!

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