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A blog with a daily splash of vintage swimwear, vintage fashion, news, designer profiles and all things retro.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Vintage Catalina Lobster Hand Print Swimsuit by Mary Ann Deweese circa 1949


I came across this old picture from the late 40s of the Last Frontier Hotel Swimming pool recently and upon closer inspection I see the seated glamorous gal on the left is wearing that fabulous Lobster hand-print two piece swimsuit. This is such an iconic suit! It was designed by Mary Ann DeWeese for Catalina in 1949.



I love it when I find actual images that show vintage swimwear and can be supported with appropriate information. I hope you enjoy!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Early South Bend Swimming Pool



Greetings from South Bend, Indiana. Early 1950s postcard depicts a swimming pool at Potawatomi Park. This is of interest to me because I was born in South Bend in this same time frame, yeah, I'm a hoosier. I don't think I've ever been here, will have to ask mom as I would have been far to young to remember. Who would have guessed that there were even postcards from this little town, put's a smile on my face knowing I'm from there!!!


Friday, April 10, 2015

Viva Las Vegas Vintage Swimsuit Competition Winner Edie Edison Takes First Place in a Vintage Swimsuit from Glamoursurf

Images are courtesy of the lovely Edie Edison. Edie (left) purchased a fabulous 1950s Gossard bikini from Glamoursurf last month to take to Viva Las Vegas, but the best part is she won first place in the vintage swimsuit competition! I'm loving how she styled her outfit, oh and that fabulous hairdo!

Isn't she adorable? And the swimsuit fits her perfectly and shows off her assets! I feel like a winner too, thanks Edie! We have some of the best customers around!


I guess there was some angst and confusion about this years contest possibly letting in 'retro styled suits' and a facebook page was created to get everyone rallied around the cause. Glad to hear that it's still only swimwear prior to 1970s. Will you be going next year to VLV19?

Monday, March 9, 2015

Go Caribbean with Catalina's Bermuda Butterfly - Vintage Swimwear 1951

In 1951 Catalina came out with a number of swimsuits with the Caribbean being the inspiration. We've shown you Rhumba Ruffles, so today we'll take a peek at the Bermuda Butterfly one of the most colorful and comfortable suits in the Catalina line. A floppy butterfly at the top of panelled bosom and shirring for extra stretch-ability. This suit cost a mere $9.00 in 1951. LOVE!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Vintage 1950s Ruffled Catalina Swimsuit

1951 "Rhumba Ruffles" Catalina's inspired interpretation look of the Carribean mood with multi-color ruffles at the bosom of a torso-trim suit of nylon, taffeta and lastex. The tremendously long rebosa wraps luxuriously and is a practical beach companion too.



Wednesday, February 25, 2015

1951 Bask-ette Sportswear Brassiere by Mamzelle



 1951

At last, a sportswear brassiere for the full figure! Yet the magic of Bask-ette design gives the 'Average look" to both the large and small bosom. so easy to fit, so versatile. Wear it with or without straps at the beach, club, garden party or summer dance. In pre-shrunk and washable fabrics.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Windansea from Catalina Tailored Swimwear 1964

1964 Catalina Advertisement featuring 'Tailored Swimwear'