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Vintage 1930s ladies knitted swimsuit by Jantzen.Please
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I'm a lover of swimsuits, especially the cotton ones (which, consequently, you will rarely find for sale on this site), but I guess this is more of a curiousity than anything else...apart from anything else, is it really 'wearable vintage'? Well, probably not the beach; but possibly wearable elsewhere if you're brave enough!
The suit itself is a fairly standard shape, with what would now be called a 'racer back', skirt front and integral pants. It is made throughout in a knitted fabric, no lining, or support at the bust.
It's by Jantzen, and this little lady is probably the most valuable thing about the whole suit...difficult to photograph, she wears a red swim hat with 'USA' on it, and on the swimsuit itself is the word 'Jantzen'. She's beautifully detailed, even down to the black bob curling out of her swim hat, and her red lipstick!
In good - but far from perfect - condition for its age, this has a number of small darns and a very old repair at the crotch (hidden by the skirt). Approximate measurements are: bust, 26 inches/66 cms; waist, 24 inches/61 cms; hips, 32 inches/81 cms; 20 inches/50.5 cms from front neck to bottom of skirt; these are taken flat and unstretched (there is, of course, some stretch to this garment). We also have a man's swimsuit by Monarch from the same time - please contact us for details.
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