WWII USN swimsuit

These vintage swim trunks were late-war issue, made for the United States navy. They are wool, with a diamond shaped crotch gusset and belt loops. They have a modern web belt.

Waist (unstretched): 15″ (doubled = 30″)
Waist (stretched): 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Side Seam: 9″
Rise: 11″

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1930s zip-off topper swimsuit

This vintage bathing suit was made in the mid 1930s. This was a transitional time between the age of one or two piece men’s bathing suits, and that of topless bathing suits. The top is detachable on this one via a Kwik zipper, which bears patents no 1752111, 1814244, and a third which is somewhat difficult to read. The trunks have a diamond gusseted crotch and belt loops. The top is striped.

Waist (unstretched): 8″ (doubled = 16″)
Waist (stretched): 12″ (doubled = 24″)
Side seam: 9″
Rise: 12″

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1930s boys swimsuit

This vintage swimsuit was made in the 1930s. They are made from blue waffle knit wool, with double piped side seams. The belt has tunneled loops and a double ring belt buckle. There is heavy staining on the outside on the back side, and several moth bites on the front, near the waistband on the right hip (photo side left).

Waist (unstretched): 11″ (doubled = 22″)
Waist (Stretched): 14″ (doubled =28″)
Side Seam: 8″
Rise: 12″

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Deadstock 1950s swimsuit 04

These vintage swim trunks were made after WWII and bear a size/price tag with a “Ceiling Price”. They are made of a knit rayon. Despite being deadstock, they have holes from storage, see the pictures.

Waist (unstretched): 10″ (doubled = 20″)
Waist (stretched): 15″ (doubled = 30″)
Side Seam: 8″
Rise: 12-1/2″

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Deadstock 1950s swimsuit 03

These vintage swim trunks were made in the postwar period, probably in the early 1950s. They are made of a knit blue rayon material, with a lined front and a drawstring waist.

Waist (unstretched): 12″ (doubled = 24″)
Waist (stretched): 15″ (doubled = 30″)
Side Seam: 8″
Inseam: 12″

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1960s Penney’s Towncraft swimsuit


These vintage swim trunks were made in the 1960s. They are a long legged style, with a patterned waistband.

Waist (unstretched): 15″ (doubled = 30″)
Waist (stretched): 20″ (doubled = 40″)
Side Seam: 14″
Rise: 12-1/2″

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1960s Jantzen nylon racing suit

This vintage swimsuit was made in the 1960s by Jantzen. They are made of nylon, and have an elasticized drawstring waist. They are lined in the front. They come in the original ventilated plastic bag.

Waist (unstretched): 12″ (doubled = 24″)
Waist (stretched): 18″ (waist = 36″)
Side Seam: 8-1/2″
Rise: 12-1/2″

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Ocean swimsuit

This vintage swimsuit was made by “Ocean”. This company was originally known as Ocean Champion, and later “Ocean Pool Supply”. This company was the official supplier of swimsuits to the United States Olympic team for most of the first half of the 20th century, before being supplanted by Speedo. This is one of their later production models, in their lower waisted “Ocean Brief” style. These suits were made out of two independent layers of nylon, with a drawstring waist. ┬áCompare to an earlier Ocean Champion suit (here), and a similar one made by Dolfin (here)

Waist (unstretched): 15″ (doubled = 30″)
Waist (stretched): 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Side Seam: 6″
Rise: 10-1/2″
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