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1933 swimsuit ordinance in 1964

1933 swimsuit ordinance in 1964

In 1964, fashion designer Rudi Gernreich released the “monokini,” a topless bathing suit. Public officials rushed to warn beachgoers not to show up wearing the latest swimwear.

On the Metro News section front June 24, 1964, this stand-alone image by staff photographer John Malmin appeared with the warning.

PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE-Policeman Chuck Peyton checks to see if the old-fashioned bathing suit worn by actress Myrna Ross complies with 1933 Redondo Beach ordinance banning women’s suits that are more than 3 in. above knee. The city attorney warned enforcement may be necessary if topless suits appear on beaches. Male swimmers would also be required to wear more discreet attire.

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