Mike Peppe early 1960s competition men’s swimsuit

This  racing suit was made in the late 1950s or early 1960s by Cambridge Ltd. / Scioto.  It was designed and endorsed by legendary swim and dive coach Mike Peppe and bears his name. It is 60% acetate, 30% cotton and 10% rubber, the end result of which is a fine, slightly stiff, fabric, which stretched horizontally, but not vertically.  There is a false fly, a drawstring waist and a cotton front lining.  These were sold as racing / competition suits at the time. It is marked a size 28.

Waist unstretched: 12″ (doubled = 24″)
Waist stretched: 16″ (doubled = 32″)
Rise: 12″
Side Seam: 7-1/2″

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Unmarked 1950s white men’s swimsuit

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Unmarked 1950s men’s swim suit. Some kind of stretch cotton blend. Elastic waistband with drawstring. Key pocket- front lining. Some light dirt from storage.

Waist unstretched: 11″ (doubled = 20″)
Waist stretched: 17″ (doubled = 34″)
Rise: 12″
Side Seam: 7″

   
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WWII USN bathing suit

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This is a vintage WWII issued USN bathing suit. It is cotton knit. with a drawstring waist, key pocket and crotch gusset. The front of the suit is lined. It is stenciled inside Bramble JB. There are scattered holes in the fabric, so I wouldn’t recommend wearing this one.

Waist (unstretched): 11-1/2″ (doubled = 23″)
Waist (Stretched): 18″ (doubled = 36″)
Rise: 15″
Side Seam: 10″

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1950s Rugby men’s bathing suit

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This vintage men’s bathing suit was made in the 1950s. It feels like some kind of acetate and nylon blend. It has a flapped key pocket and a drawstring waist. The front is lined. The swimsuit was made by Rugby Sportswear and is tagged a size 34. It’s a bit wrinkled, but seems otherwise solid.

Waist unstretched (side to side): 16″ (doubled = 32″)
Waist stretched (side to side): 18″ (doubled = 36″)
Rise: 10″
Side Seam: 6-1/2″

   
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1950s Jantzen

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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″
Rise: 12″
Side Seam: 8″

   
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1930s Jantzen

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This vintage swimsuit dates from the 1930s and was made in the USA by Jantzen. It’s made of wool, and maybe a bit of lastex- there’s a tag that’s faded that is the size and shape of “Lastex” tags. It is maroon and ribbed, with a wide white belt. The buckle has the Jantzen girl on it, as does the body of the suit. There is a flapped watch pocket, and a cotton lining in the front. It shows a bit of age, but I don’t see any moth holes or noticeable damage.

Marked size: 38″
Waist unstretched (side to side): 17″
Waist stretched (side to side): 19″
rise: 17″
Sides: 11-1/2″

   
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