1950s / 1960s Ocean Champion swimsuit

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271234498990
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.

Waist (unstretched): 13″ (doubled = 26″)
Waist (stretched): 17″ (doubled = 34″)
Rise: 14-1/2″
Side Seam: 10″

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c.1947 day-glo men’s trunks

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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.

Waist (unstretched): 13″ (doubled – 26″)
Waist (stretched): 20″ (doubled = 40″)
Side Seam: 12″
Inseam: 2-3/8″
Rise: 14″

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Deadstock 1930s wool swimsuit

These are the same model as a pair of deadstock trunks I sold last year.  Always fun to get multiples. LINK

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281124723374
This vintage swimsuit was made in the 1930s. It is an unusual flesh-tone, with subtle confetti flecking to the material. It has belt loops for a belt, and a flapped, buttoned coin/key pocket. They are lined. They are in excellent condition.

Waist (unstretched): 11″ (doubled = 22″)
Waist (stretched): 16″ (doubled = 32″)
Side Seam: 9″
Rise: 12-3/4″

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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

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281123614037

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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