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    This Is What Women Wore To The Beach In The 1920s

    A typical day at the beach nearly 100 years ago...

    Before the 1920s, women's swimwear was unwieldy and burdensome...

    A typical swimsuit had multiple layers of wool clothing meant to hide all exposed skin, however impractical. But as the 1920s progressed so did women's swimwear — necklines dropped and sleeves disappeared into a single article of form-fitting clothing that allowed for some exposure to the sunshine.

    Still, it was not uncommon to see police officers patrolling the beach with a tape measure for a surprise "modesty check."

    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library

    This is what a typical day at the beach looked like in the 1920s...

    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library
    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library
    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library
    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library
    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library
    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library
    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library
    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library
    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library
    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library
    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library
    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library
    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library
    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library
    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library
    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library
    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library
    Leslie Jones / Boston Public Library

    To see more, check out the Leslie Jones Collection at the Boston Public Library.

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