Friday, September 20, 2013

1913 - No Knee High or Slit Skirts in Richmond!

The Washington Herald
September 20 1913

HER DRESS KNEE HIGH,
GIRL IS FINED $50

Richmond Judge Severe on Fair Twenty-Year-Old
Wearer of Abbreviated Skirt

Richmond, Va., Sept 19--Justice Crutchfield, in the police court today, assessed Ethel Robinson, a handsome twenty-year-old girl, $50 for appearing in the streets with a dress which struck her just at the knees.  
Justice John Jeter Crutchfield

He recently fined Blossom Browning $25 for wearing a slit skirt.  The fine was paid.  The Robinson girl attracted much attention.

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**Justice Crutchfield, John Jeter Crutchfield, was born in 1844 and died in 1920.  He served in the Confederacy during the Civil War.  He was elected to the bench in 1888 and earned the nickname Justice John.  Newspaper accounts at the time of his death indicate he enjoyed an "audience" in his courtroom and was at his "best" and added "fancy touches" with a packed courtroom.

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