Swimwear Police

We are heading into summer now so swimsuit season is upon us. We have the luxury of being able to wear anything we want to (even if we sometimes shouldn’t) on the beach and at the pool. It wasn’t always this way and I know you have seen photos of old “swimming costumes.”

Mashable / Retronaut posted a great link to some historical photos recently in a discussion of how history has shamed women for what they were wearing on the beach. There are some great historical photos on the site if you keep scrolling past the darn ads.

1921 Chicago policewomen checking for violations of the bathing suit-length laws IMAGE: BETTMANN/CORBIS

1921 – Chicago policewoman checking for violations of the bathing suit-length laws
IMAGE: BETTMANN/CORBIS

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1920s Petting Parties!!

Two flapper women — with their dates — sit on a bed in Chicago, circa 1928. Kirn Vintage Stock/Corbis

Two flapper women, with their dates, sit on a bed in Chicago, circa 1928. Kirn Vintage Stock/Corbis.

The NPR History Department recently posted an article about petting parties of the 1920s. Have you ever heard of such a thing? These two couples look like a lot of fun! This generation was poised to break free from their parents generation and let loose the uptight morals and experiment. I don’t think we ever went back; except maybe in the 50s for a brief time until Elvis came along and “ruined” that generation too!  😉

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