1930s deadstock swimsuit

This vintage bathing suit was made in the 1940s. It is made of blue wool with a drawstring waistband, considered sleeker and sportier at the time than the belted models. It still has the original size tag and care tags attached to the suit.

Waist (unstretched) – 12″ (doubled = 24″)
Waist (stretched) – 18″ (doubled = 36″)
Side Seam – 10-1/2″
Rise – 15″

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1950s Abercrombie and Fitch nylon swimsuit

This vintage men’s bathing suit was made in Austria in the mid 1950s. It is made of 100% Helanca Nylon, in an elastic waisted brief cut, with a zipper coin / key pocket. The pocket is closed with a German Zipp brand zipper. The suit was sold by Abercrombie and Fitch, back when they were still a high quality men’s shop and outdoor outfitter.The suit has a built in supporter panel made of the same nylon.

Tagged size: L
Waist (unstretched): 12-1/2″ (doubled = 25″)
Waist (stretched): 18″ (36″)
Side Seam: 7-3/4″
Rise: 13″

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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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1930s Wool men’s Malibu swimsuit

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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1930s Jantzen Half-Hitch

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.

Waist (unstretched): 13″ (doubled = 26″)
Waist (stretched): 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Side Seam: 10-1/2″
Rise: 14″

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1930s Jantzen swimsuit – Anchor buckle


This vintage swimsuit was made in the late 1930s by Jantzen. It is made of blue knit wool, with piped side seams, a flapped coin pocket, and a white belt. They feature a false fly front, and a brief cut. The belt has a nautical-themed anchor buckle. The trunks are lined in the front, what period ads refer to as a “built in supporter”. These were sold by the Marshall Field & Company store for men. There are period repairs on the rear, one below and to the left of the belt adjuster, one by the right leg hole, and one near the center of the seat. There is a moth hole to the left of the pocket flap by the piping, a nip to the left of the false fly, several small nips in the back.

Waist (unstretched): 15″ (doubled = 30″)
Waist (stretched): 19″ (doubled = 38″)
Side Seam: 10-1/2″
Rise: 14″

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WWII USN Swimsuit – 34

This vintage men’s swimsuit was made in the 1940s for sailors in the US Navy. This pattern was made under contract No. N140-62236s-20189B.
These were made out of 100% wool, but they have a softer hand to the fabric than some of the civilian models of the period. They have a high waisted cut. The flapped coin/key pocket is fastened with a catseye button. The front has a cotton lining, and there is a diamond shaped crotch gusset. There is a small moth nip at the bottom of the right leg, by the side seam. They have a drawstring waist.

Waist (unstretched): 14″ (doubled = 28″)
Waist (stretched): 20″ (doubled = 40″)
Side Seam: 10″
Rise: 15″

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Munsingwear 1939-1946

This ad campaign for Munsingwear ran 1939-1946. It was a pivotal time in the industry, as people switched from one piece knit or broadcloth union suits to the modern “streamlined” standard of briefs and boxers. Also notable is the introduction of t-shirts as a piece of outerwear, though at the time, it was reserved for casual and sporting contexts.

1930s Lastex corded men’s swimsuit

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This vintage swimsuit was made in the 1930s. It is not marked as to a manufacturer, but does have the “Lastex” tag. There is typical wear, and a tear on the side seam at the top. They are lined in the front and have a buttoned key pocket.

Waist side to side (unstretched): 13″ (doubled =26″)
Waist side to side (stretched): 17″ (doubled = 34″)
Rise: 13″
Side Seam: 7-3/4″