1930s Lace Up Allen-A Lifeguard Swim Suit

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This vintage cotton gabardine swimsuit was made in the 1930s by Allen-A Life Guard.  I’ve attached an ad from 1938 advertising this model.  As opposed to the usual elastic or wool construction, these lace up at the hip.  They have a round coin pocket.  There is some wear and light fading, but these have made it through the past 70+ years remarkably well.

Marked size: 30
Waist minimum size (side to side): 14″ (doubled =28″)
Waist maximum size (side to side): 14-3/4″ (doubled = 29-1/2″)
Rise: 11.5″
Side: 6.5″

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