WebFoot 1930s wool men’s bathing suit

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271464468009
This vintage swimsuit was made in the 1930s by Webfoot, a major producer of swimsuits during the era. It is made of two tone blue wool with a diamond pattern and a vertically striped waistband. The suit has a flapped key/coin pocket, is belted, and has a built-in supporter. The belt is a Jantzen, and is in a complementary blue.

Waist (unstretched): 16″ (doubled = 32″)
Waist (Stretched): 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Side Seam: 10″
Rise: 14″

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1930s Wool men’s Malibu swimsuit

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271463856636
This vintage swimsuit was made in the late 1930s by Malibu. It is made of burgundy wool, with a false fly and a key/coin pocket with a buttoned, scalloped flap. The sides are double piped with yellow wool, there is a diamond shaped crotch gusset for a more comfortable fit, and the suit has a yellow textured web belt with a fancy buckle. The brand was named after Malibu beach, and advertised it as “The Beach of the Stars”, a clever way to associate itself with the Hollywood elite without necessarily having any of them as endorsers.

Tagged size: 36
Waist (unstretched): 14″ (doubled = 28″)
Waist (Stretched): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Side seam: 12″
Rise: 15-1/2″

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1950s / 1960s Ocean Champion swimsuit

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271234498990
This vintage swimsuit was made in the 1950s or 1960s by Ocean Champion. Ocean Champion was one of the first companies to move away from wool and lastex blends, and into modern materials. This box is slightly later than the other pair I’m listing, rephrased to read “The Choice of World Champions” instead of “Chosen by the U.S. Olympic Team”. The pattern and model is the same.
As the box says, the suit is two independent layers, a trunk within a trunk. At this point, the manufacturer Ocean Pool Supply Co., was headquartered in Huntington Station, Long Island, NY.

Waist (unstretched): 13″ (doubled = 26″)
Waist (stretched): 17″ (doubled = 34″)
Rise: 14-1/2″
Side Seam: 10″

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1950s Ocean Champion swimsuit

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271234495023
This vintage swimsuit was made in the 1950s by Ocean Champion. Ocean Champion was one of the first companies to move away from wool and lastex blends, and into modern materials. At the point this suit was made, Ocean Champion was the official suit of the United States Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Water Polo Olympic teams.
As the box says, the suit is two independent layers, a trunk within a trunk. At this point, the manufacturer Ocean Pool Supply Co., was headquartered at 155 W. 23rd St., NYC.

Waist (unstretched): 13-1/2″ (doubled = 27″)
Waist (stretched): 17″ (doubled = 34″)
Rise: 14″
Side Seam: 10″

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1960s men’s one piece swimsuit

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271234490961
This vintage swimsuit was made in the 1960s by Campus Sportswear. This was part of the brief resurgence of 1920s men’s styles in the ’60s. This is a late ’20s or early ’30s style, a one piece, with side cutouts. There are belt loops for what would probably be a white web belt. The suit is marked a size 28-30.

Waist (unstretched): 13″ (doubled = 26″)
Waist (stretched): 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Chest (unstretched): 13″ (doubled = 26″)
Chest (stretched): 20″ (doubled = 40″)

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1960s does 1920s striped swimsuit

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281131736066

This vintage swimsuit was made in the 1960s. It is a belted 1920s style, with broad green and blue stripes and a white elasticized belt.

Waist (unstretched): 15″ (doubled = 30″)
Waist (stretched): 21″ (doubled = 42″)
Rise: 11″
Side Seam: 15″
Inseam: 6″

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c.1947 day-glo men’s trunks

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281124841805
These vintage trunks were made in the late 1940s from the new “Day-Glo” fabric, made under patents 2417383 and 2417384. It certainly lives up to the claim of “fluorescent”. They have an elasticized waist (the elastic is still good), a full mesh liner, and a flapped, buttoned coin/key pocket. Postwar California beachwear at its finest. There is some fading, but it blends in somewhat with the shininess and day-glo effect of the fabric. With the waist, I would recommend these for a size 34-36.

Waist (unstretched): 13″ (doubled – 26″)
Waist (stretched): 20″ (doubled = 40″)
Side Seam: 12″
Inseam: 2-3/8″
Rise: 14″

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