A snapshot of life from Washington D.C., 1922.

Black and white photograph from 1922 showing a beach scene where a man, kneeling on one knee, is measuring the length of a woman's bathing suit as another woman looks on. The man is wearing a hat and a long-sleeve shirt, while the women are wearing striped bathing suits with swim caps. Onlookers, including a group of children, are in the background, and the Washington Monument can be faintly seen in the distance.

A policeman measures the distance between a woman’s knee and the bottom of her bathing suit after an order was issued that bathing suits must not be over six inches above the knee. A snapshot of life from Washington D.C., 1922.


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“A snapshot of life from Washington D.C., 1922.” sources: Col. Sherrell, Supt. of Public Buildings and Grounds, has issued an order that bathing suits at the Washington bathing beach must not be over six inches above the knee. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/90708909/>.