Wednesday, March 16, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 16

March 16, 1915 – The Minneapolis Park Board made a ruling on bathing suits this afternoon for the upcoming summer season. Women must wear a two-piece skirted suit; one-piece bloomer suits or woven material, and knit suits with skirt, are the only types of bathing costumes that will be allowed on the beach.  Men’s suits should be provided with a skirt of proper length. All suits should be of a dark colored material and must meet with the approval of the management. White suits will positively not be allowed.

Bathing suits and the conduct of women at Calhoun Beach will be censored by a policeman of “proper intellectual attainments and force.” The policewoman will ban bathing suits that are too gaudy, too abbreviated, or too low-cut—also the white suit that is see-through when it is wet. The policewoman will be paid a salary of $75 a month and the Civil Service Dept. will have to find the type of woman that will fit the job. Superintendent Wirth said he thought she should be a good swimmer, so that she might be reasonable in her judgment of swimming suits that women who do not rent suits bring to the beach. A young and athletic type of woman will be sought for the job.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Bathing Suits to be Censored. Policewoman to Rule Costumes and Conduct at Calhoun. Park Board Makes Regulations.”; March 17, 1915; p. 1.

Fashionable Women's Swimwear - 1915

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