1930s self-belted wool swimsuit

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281399878149
This vintage swimsuit is made of wool. It has a wool belt with a hammered texture buckle. There is a flapped coin/key pocket, and a built in supporter.

Waist (unstretched): 13″ (doubled = 26″)
Waist (fully stretched): 18″ (doubled = 36″)
Rise: 14″
Side Seam: 9″

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Deadstock 1940s/1950s swimsuits

Medium http://www.ebay.com/itm/281321108323

Large http://www.ebay.com/itm/281321112134

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″
Rise: 13-1/2″

Tag Size: Large
Waist (unstretched): 12″ (doubled = 24″)
Waist (stretched): 17″ (doubled = 34″)
Side Seam: 7-1/2″
Rise: 14″

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1920s button fly wool men’s bathing suit

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281318827119
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.

Waist: 16″ (doubled = 32″)
Outseam: 14″ (outwardly sloping legs)
Inseam: 4″
Rise: 12″

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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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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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