Following the Lead of the Diving Girl

The modern American bathing suit was born in Portland, Ore., and a swim in the Willamette River offers a dip into history.  … At the time, men’s bathing suits were required to cover the entire chest; the groin area also had to be covered with a piece of fabric — O.K., it was a skirt — for modesty. Topless men were banned from places now synonymous with sunbathing, like Atlantic City. The reason? Well, the city proclaimed, it didn’t want “gorillas on our beaches.”