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. The Vintage Merchant

    The Vintage Merchant 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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