Col. Sherrell, Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds, issued an order that bathing suits at the Wash[ington] bathing beach must not be over six inches above the knee. In this 1922 photo we have Bill Norton, the bathing beach policeman, measuring distance between knee and bathing suit on woman, Washington, D.C..
Don't you just love the vintage beach caps? I mean I really do love them and want one like the lady on your right has on! I'm going to goggle vintage beach caps and see whats out there. If I find something cute I'll put a link under Cool Stuff for the Beach to your right.
Anyway, I wonder if Col. Sherrell was inspired by this 1898 theatrical poster? Have You Seen Smith? opened on Broadway at the Star Theatre on October 3, 1898.
Printed by the Strobridge Lithography Company, Cincinnati & New York. Collection of the Library of Congress.
Except for the beach caps, I am very glad that beach attire has changed. I have to admit though that I no longer wear bikinis and the folks around me at the beach are very happy about that!
Come back next Monday for more vintage beach photos, I think this is going to be fun!