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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Indecency: See What Ladies Wore to the Beach in the 1900's and Now

Modernization and civilization appears to have thrown morality into the dustbins considering the beach wears in the olden days and now.
A police officer enforcing decency in beach appearance
An intriguing new picture set reveals what acceptable beach outfits looked like in the period between 1900 and 1922.
In 1919, 20 special deputies called "Sheriffettes" were sworn in to monitor the swimwear of the bathers. If a woman was found to be revealing too much bare skin, she could be forced to pay a $10 fine, although many of these modesty rules were lifted by the mid-1920s.
A 1921 Hawaiian law was enacted that no one over 14 years of age could appear in a swimsuit unless "covered suitably by an outergarment reaching at least to the knees." 
Women began to wear towels around their waists or wrap raincoats around themselves. Women could be fined for revealing too much flesh.
In this image on top, Washington policeman Bill Norton is seen measuring the distance between a woman's knee and bathing suit at the Tidal Basin bathing beach. 
The Bikinis started in the 1960s and has continued to deteriorate ever since
A public notice at the beach in those days
His boss, Col Sherrill, who was Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds, had issued an order stating that suits not be over six inches above the knee.
Today, 2017 women are technically unclad on the beach with men having a field day feeding their lustful eyes on their bodies.
See pictures that indicate the change in beach dressing:

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