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.
These vintage swim trunks were made by the Gantner and Mattern Company of San Francisco, California, and New York City, NY. They are flesh-tone wool, with a matching belt. They have a buttoned coin pocket, and are lined. There is a hole in the backside of the swimsuit.
These vintage swim trunks were made by Jantzen in the late 1930s. This particular model was known as the “half-hitch”, after its half-concealed belt. That model was made from about 1937-1942. This is one of the earlier versions of it. Unfortunately, they are heavily moth eaten.
This vintage swimsuit was made by Ocean Champion. It is made of silky nylon, with a full liner. It has a drawstring waist and is in excellent condition. Waist (unstretched): 16″ (doubled = 32″)Waist (Stretched): 19″ (doubled = 38″)Rise: 14″Side Seam (inner): 5″Side Seam (outer): 8-1/2″
This jantzen swim suit was made in the 1950s. It is a silver stretch knit material. It has the famous Jantzen diving girl on the hip. The gront is lined, the waist is secured with a draw string and there is an interior key pocket. There is a tag inside reading “Robert F. Mertz”. The original owner? If so, it looks like he barely every wore it- this suit looks brand new. The workmanship is a cut above other suits of the period- all you have to do is look at the embroidered reinforcement around the drawstring to tell that.
Waist unstretched (side to side): 11″
Waist stretched (side to side): 15″
Side Seam: 8″
This vintage swimsuit was made in the 1950s. It is not marked as to its manufacturer. It feels like some kind of heavy knit nylon and cotton blend. There is elastic in the waistband, and holes for a drawstring. They are lined in the front and have a internal key pocket. The elastic is a bit dead, but since it is exposed, it wouldn’t bee too hard to put new elastic in. The fabric has a lot of stretch to it- as you can see from the measurements.
Waist unstretched (side to side): 13″ (doubled = 26″)
Waist Stretched (side to side): 17″ ( doubled = 34″)
Side Seam: 7″