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Splash: 1924

Splash: 1924

"Potomac bathing beach, June 19, 1924." National Photo Co. View full size.

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Rightest Beach Wear

Washington Post, May 6, 1924

Full Cut Bathing Suits
Decreed for Tidal Basin

Bathers had better be getting ready their suits - full sized ones, not one-piece of skimpy cuts - because the bathing beach on the tidal basin will open May 28. This date has been set by L. Gordon Leech, concessionnaire.

The ban on "immodest bathing suits" and beauty contests on the beach will be continued, it was said yesterday at the office of public buildings and grounds. The regulations require that suits must come within three inches of the knees and must have no opening below the arm pits.

The beach has been undergoing plenty of improvements, it was said. All of the diving floats and other floating equipment has been recaulked.

Washington Post, Jun 5, 1924

One-Piece Bathing Suits
Approved in House Vote

Despite the eleventh-hour rush to complete the legislative program of House of Representatives found time yesterday to go on record in favor of one-piece bathing suits.

This declaration of policy on one of the constantly pressing national questions came on a vote of an amendment proposed to the second deficiency bill appropriating $30,000 for a bathing beach for negroes here. Representative Blanton (Democrat), offered the amendment, which would have banned the one-piece garment. It was indignantly rejected by a majority of members present.

Suits as Smart as Waves are Brilliant
All-Wool, One-Piece
Knitted Bathing Suits

Men's Two-Piece Bathing Suits.
All-wool Bathing Suits in
plain gray, navy, heather and a few fancy stripes.

Last one in

Those diving platforms were still around when I was a kid in the 1950's.

Slender and fit

Except for one little fatty (and evidently a bit of a punk, at that), everyone is in really nice shape. Wish the beaches today looked like that.

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