On Coney Island, Joe Veit "donned a one piece bathing suit and trotted down to the water." The restaurant operator caught the eye of a policeman who "wouldn't stand for a man busting the proprieties all to pieces by wearing a one piece suit." While there is no description of Veit's suits, in the early 20th century, men's suits were typically knee-length, while the tops had sleeves. In a general sense, men did not remove their tops until the 1930s. For a couple of illustrations, see the McCord Museum's online exhibit "Clothes Make the Man" (http://goo.gl/ZSySN4) Source: New York Sun 6 April 1914


Add a comment