In The 1920s, Swimsuit Police Actually Existed

Published January 31, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015

Beach Police 1922

And you thought your one piece was conservative. To highlight just how obsessed lawmakers have historically been with controlling the human body and our treatment of it, in 1922 people known as swimsuit policemen actually existed, and would stroll around beaches making sure that swimsuits were never more than six inches above the knee. Featured above is swimsuit officer Bill Norton, who we imagine enjoyed his job very much.

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