Hanes Fig Leaf Suit

These Hanes Fig leaf combination union suits were advertised in the early 1940s, but the design doesn’t seem to have lasted very long.  This one is deadstock, and is a size 38 (measured by chest measurement, like an undershirt).
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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″

   
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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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