This vintage swimsuit was made in the 1920s. it is made from dark blue wool, with a button fly, cotton lined waistband, buttoned, and flapped key/coin pocket.. 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 1930s by Webfoot, a major producer of swimsuits during the era. It is made of two tone blue wool with a diamond pattern and a vertically striped waistband. The suit has a flapped key/coin pocket, is belted, and has a built-in supporter. The belt is a Jantzen, and is in a complementary blue.
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.
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.
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.
These vintage swim trunks were made after WWII and bear a size/price tag with a “Ceiling Price”. They are made of a knit rayon. Despite being deadstock, they have holes from storage, see the pictures.
This vintage swimsuit was made in the 1960s by Jantzen. They are made of nylon, and have an elasticized drawstring waist. They are lined in the front. They come in the original ventilated plastic bag.