1930s Jantzen Half-Hitch

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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

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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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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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The Rayland Bathing Suit

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These trunks were made in the early part of the 20th century, 1920s or prior. They are wool, with a button fly. They have a flapped key / coin pocket. Originally there would have been some kind of top- probably striped, that would have gone along with these. The belt loops are a different color and type of wool- I wonder if they were added later? Seeing as they’re 80 to 100 years old, they do show some age, but I don’t see any stains or moth bites.

Waist (side to side): 17″ (doubled = 34″)
Inseam: 6″
Outseam: 14-1/2″

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