I just found a great Jantzen wool bathing suit from the 1930’s and for some reason, maybe because of the warmer weather, I can’t get swim wear out of my mind. Even though I did a brief tour of swim wear in my last post I thought it might be fun to surf around Etsy and other sites for more vintage men’s and women’s bathing suits for sale right now.
Make sure to visit this link on beefcake swimwear for a great history of men’s beach fashion.
Oh, and check out the 2010 ad campaign for Jantzen. The video has a fun retro style. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Here is a small selection of the most interesting suits out there starting with my latest Jantzen find.
I’m supposing that we all know the history of bathing suits. Evolving from the extreme cover ups of the last century to the extreme non cover ups of our present time. I’ve come across this interesting bound album of period colored photos. Created around 1930 or so these were probably used as promotional tools for bathing suit salesmen or as a preview of beach fashions for the coming season.
Check out these sporty art deco beauties…………………
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Here are some interesting sites that feature vintage and vintage inspired bathing suits: