Policemen armed with yardsticks check the decorum of the swimwear. The photograph depicts daily scenes of control that were repeated on all American beaches in the summer of 1922.
In this famous photo of the time, the policeman Bill Norton of Washington is busy verifying compliance with the directive issued by Sherrell, superintendent of the Public Buildings and Grounds, by measuring the distance between the knee and the hem of a girl’s beach dress of the “Tidal Basin” bathhouse.
The distance between the knee and the hem, as established by the directive, could not exceed 15.2 cm of uncovered thigh. Otherwise … a fine and a change of dress!