I Like the Christian Life! #6


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Girl Evangelist Blasts Beach Iniquities

Boston -- When Mary Agnes caught this pair spooning on Revere Beach, her wrath knew no bounds. Incidentally she would not appear on the beach in her one piece bathing suit until she had securely fastened her stockings above her knees. "Bare legs," she shuddered, "not before that crowd." (1922)

3 comments:

patricio lopez said...

What's with the blackface on the "girl evangelist"?

I find the "bare legs" girl's shoes comforting...

patricio lopez said...

What's with the blackface on the "girl evangelist"?

I find the "bare legs" girl's shoes comforting...

Tommy O'C said...

I came across a NY Daily News piece from the 1920s in which a young woman at Coney Island was arrested for indecent exposure because the strap on her one-piece had slipped to the side of her upper arm. It wasn't as though her breast was bared, nothing like that. Just that her strap slipped, which was a total surprise to her.
When she was brought before the judge, he harangued her lack of morals. (For the record, she was a young woman of impeccable reputation, had a high school diploma when most Americans were drop-outs, and had been at the beach with her mother.) There must have been a public backlash because a day or two later, when she returned for sentencing, the same judge apologized to her for what she'd been put through and dropped the charges. It was revealed that the arresting officer had become the laughing stock of his station house.