This vintage swimsuit was made in the early to mid 1950s. It is a brief style, with an elastic waistband and zipper coin/key pocket. The zipper was made by Savoy. The un- belted brief men’s bathing suit came into style around 1948 and remained popular through until about 1958. The 1940s models generally had flapped pockets, whereas by the later 1950s, most had lost the pocket altogether. These stylistic changes help with the dating. The suit is deadstock, that is, it was never sold originally and has never been worn. It still has the creases from having been folded for the last sixty years or so.
Tag Size: Medium
Waist (unstretched): 11″ (doubled = 22″)
Waist (stretched): 16″ (doubled = 32″)
Side Seam: 7-1/2″
Tag Size: Large
Waist (unstretched): 12″ (doubled = 24″)
Waist (stretched): 17″ (doubled = 34″)
Side Seam: 7-1/2″
This vintage swimsuit was made in the 1920s. it is made from dark blue wool, with a button fly, cotton lined waistband, buttoned, flapped key/coin pocket, and white web belt. This style of swimsuit was popular during the 1920s, and were generally worn with a white knit wool top with a closed “supporter” bottom.
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.
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.
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.
These vintage swim trunks were made in the 1930s. They are marked “Guaranteed 100% all wool”. They are belted, with an elasticized belt with zig zag buckle. They have a smell from their old mothproofing, but it seems to have done its job well, I do not see any holes. They are lined in the front.
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.