Aspen History: Bathing suit censorship
“Bathing costume censorship revived again for midsummer (…) with Kenosha, Wis. In the lead,” announced the Aspen Democrat-Times on July 22, 1909. The restrictions were implemented by resort communities across the country. “For women: no skirts above the knees, no tights, no men’s bathing suits, stockings without exception. For men: garments must reach shoulders. The Kenosha case was aggravated because there is a thick clump of willows at the bathing beach and had been used for a dressing room by female bathers and when the mayor and committee on harbor breakwater were assigned to pass on the clump of willows and the other details, it caused them, it is said, such an anxiety that the censors set a high standard, for they felt compelled while they were at it to look into the costumes worn elsewhere. Fashion’s rule of the year that bathing suits shall button down the back was discovered. Now a censor is on the job. Proprieties have not reached the boys along Castle, Maroon and Hunter Creeks, who still defy the police and disport in the same costumes that are worn in the old-fashioned swimming pools and secluded caves of all the little lakes of the country.” This image is a colorized postcard showing four men standing in the middle of the Glenwood Hot Springs pool, circa 1910.