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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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Friday, July 31, 2009

A Family Tradition

This is Marion and her father Frank Chadwick. The first picture was taken at city Island in 1922 on Marions first trip to the beach. Before anyone could stop her she ran into the ocean up to her neck. When her father remarked that she looked like a drowned rat her mother decided to photograph them both. This then became an annual family tradition, always taken on their first day at the beach. All of the pictures appeared in a short story in Life magazine. Marion certainly changes over the years but her dad really remains mostly the same.

1922 at age 1

1925 at age 3

1926 at age 4

1928 at age 6

1931 at age 9

1933 at age 11

1934 at age 12

1935 at age 13

1937 at age 15

1940 at age 18

1946 at age 24

1950 at age 28

1952 at age 30

1955 at age 33

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Norma Kamali Swimwear

Norma Kamali has some fabulous retro styled swimwear on her site. We're really enamoured with the draping, ruching and the colors of her collection. Here's a quick peek at some of whats available.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week - Swim

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Swim, ran from July 15-19, 2009 in Miami Beach. There are many many tiny bikinis to be seen, but I've pulled a couple of videos for your review from collections that I personally like. Enjoy!

V Del Sol

There are some really cute pieces in this collection.

Overall I think this is the shinning star of the show. Marysia Swim. I really love the gingham high waist 2 piece.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Happy Birthday to You - Love, mom

I've had this photo for a while now. It's my mom, on the right, with her sister and her parents taken in 1945. She would have been 15 years old. I'm sharing this with you because this weekend I got a fabulous birthday gift from my mom.

She gave me this photo of herself, taken in 1951. She was 21 years old and in nurses training at St Lukes in Chicago. Isn't she pretty? I love seeing how she grew up from adolescence into a gorgeous young lady. And what a fabulous birthday gift to me. I did ask permission from her to post it on my blog to share with you and she had no problems at all with it. So thanks mom, you're a doll! I need to find a frame for it so I can put it on my desk and admire it every day.

Monday, July 27, 2009

The Motion Pictures of Munkacsi

Martin Munkacsi was born Marton Mermelstein in 1896. As a teenager in Budapest, he wrote gossip, news and poems for local newspapers and magazines, and to illustrate them picked up a camera. By the mid-1920s he had become a prominent photographer in Hungary.

He favored scenes of daily life. His pictures defied convention by incorporating a sense of motion, dramatic camera angles, and elements of whimsy into his images. His sports photographs epitomized his special gift for action and movement.

In 1928 he moved to Berlin, where the opportunities were better, and traveled the world on assignment.

At the time pictures of athletic girls strolling the beach in sexy bathing suits or carrying striped umbrellas looked startling; respectable magazines didn’t show women with their knees apart.

Munkacsi was a stylist, and he made catchy images the only way he knew how, in a modernist mode, which, being an opportunistic form, could serve any master. Shortly after that he left for the United States. On a trip to New York near the end of 1933 he was hired by Carmel Snow for a Harper’s Bazaar assignment. His picture of the socialite model Lucile Brokaw running down a Long Island beach in a bathing suit and cape introduced a whole new vocabulary of vigor and action to American fashion.

But he passed on to fashion photographers like Richard Avedon a way of packaging beauty. In Harper’s Bazaar, Avedon paid one of the few tributes when Munkacsi died. He “brought a taste for happiness and honesty and a love of women to what was, before him, a joyless, loveless, lying art,” Avedon wrote. “Today the world of what is called fashion is peopled with Munkacsi’s babies, his heirs.”

Munkacsi left an indelible mark on the pages of Bazaar, He brought his models out of the studio and into the world, capturing their spontaneous energy. Munkacsi died in 1963.

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Scurlock Studio - Poitraits in Black History

This image is from a Magazine of the Historical Society of Washington DC titled Washington History.

The captions reads; "In 1931, The Phyllis Wheatley YWCA established Camp Clarissa Scott near Highland Beach on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay. Highland Beach, founded as a black resort in 1893, was one of a handful of bayside resorts created by Washington's black population. Whites took a ferry across the bay to their own resorts. The range of skin tone captured so clearly here - challenges the then popularly held notion that the better classes of black Washington were restricted to light-skinned mulattoes."

This image was taken by The Scurlock Studio and is now part of an exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture NMAAHC. The studio was founded in 1911 by Addison N Scurlock. In the 1930s Addison Scurlock was joined in the photography business by his sons, George and Robert. Robert continues to operate the family business today.

Recognized for their artistic qualities by numerous art galleries, the pictures comprise a unusually rich source for the historian of Washington , D.C., particularly of it's black community.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

More of the lovely Clara Bow

Lovely Clara Bow in 1927. I love the fish print on her swimsuit, and I really enjoy it when I find multiples of her in the same bathing suit. I wonder if this bathing suit was her favorite as she seemed to model it a lot! For more Clara Bow images and info please see our post on her life, movies and some videos

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

I've been Tagged

I'm displaying the logo above, as I've been 'tagged' by lovely Holly from Freudian Slips Vintage. Thanks Holly!

Here are the rules, (copied from Holly):
Copy the logo and place it on my blog
Link it back to the person who gave it to me
Pass it on to five fellow bloggers
List 10 things about myself....

So here goes:

1. I'm a Hoosier by birth, but have lived NESW, Indiana, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Texas, and California. Dad was a salesman. I swear I've had more changes in schools than I care to remember.

2. I was hit by a truck at age 10, suffered multiple fractures and saw the beacon of light but was sent back because I had more to do.

3. Loves working with kids and art. Have volunteered in this area to the benefit of all, I think I've learned just as much from the kids as they have from me. Give back where you can folks, it really always pays off!

4. Have traveled the world, courtesy of many corporations in my 'corporate' life and have benefited from everywhere I have traveled. Am sensitive to cultural sensitivities because of this. Left it all behind to be a mom to the best daughter in the world.

5. I see the number 333 constantly. It has yet to tell me why. Maybe I'll win the lotto some day.

6. I am a fast performance car enthusiast. Last 3 cars have been BMW's. And that I want to own a vintage car at some point in my life.

7. Have a Leo sun, moon and sign to boot! Meow!

8. Yes, you really do turn in to your mom.

9. Eloped and got married on the beach in St John. Hoping to re-do the vows on our 25th anniversary.

10. Doesn't care for politics of any kind, AT ALL!

And without further ado, I am passing this onto the following 5 fabulous bloggers.

Jody from Couture Allure Vintage Fashion

Eileen from Daisy Fairbanks Vintage

Fleur de Guerre from Diary of a Vintage Girl

Carole from Life of a Jersey Girl

Lizzie from The Vintage Traveler

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Gloria Swanson - Languorous Lady of the Gowns

Gloria Swanson 1919

As promised , yesterday we published some fun photo's of Gloria Swanson in swimwear as one of the Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties. Today we'll look at more of her film career. Images are taken from the book A Pictorial History of the Silent Screen.

Gloria was born in Chicago on March 27, 1898 as Gloria Josephine Mae Swenson. She began her silent film career at the age of 17 when she starred in a film titled "You can't Believe Everything'. From there she was featured in the Sennett comedies and attracted a large following. Cecil B DeMille then offered her a place in his productions and directed 6 of her early box office productions. She became known as the 'languorous lady of the gowns'. Gloria went on from there to produce her own films. Her last film, where she played herself, was in 1974 in Airport 1975. She died of natural causes on April 4th, 1983.

1919 from Male and Female


1921 in the Affairs of Anatol




Isn't she gorgeous? I think if I had a choice of what era I would have loved to travel back in time to live in it would have been the 1920's. Consider me a flapper at heart.

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties of 1917

We recently acquired a copy of A Pictorial history of The Silent Screen at GlamourSplash and it is filled with wonderful black and white photos, an I mean filled! We'll be sharing some of them with you this week.

This post focuses on the Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties of 1917. The Sennett Bathing Beauties were pin-up girls for the doughboys of the First World War. Gloria Swanson, Marie Prevost, Phyllis Havener and Mary Thurman were Sennett bathing girls at this time. Roscoe Arbuckle, now more formally known as "Fatty" Arbuckle left Sennett to make his own comedies at paramount. With Arbuckle in this set up were two clever acrobatic comedians, Buster Keaton and Al St. John. Before the year was out, Sennett was making his Keystone comedies for paramount. Charlie Murray, Ben Turpin, Louise Fazenda, Chester Conklin, and Teddy and Pepper, a dog and cat, were now the chief Keystone comics.

Gloria Swanson and Phyllis Haver

Gloria Swanson

Marie Prevost

Phyllis Haver

I think tomorrow I'll share more Gloria Swanson photo's with you. She is so beautiful!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Sunshine Show Offs Giveaway

I picked up this small catalogue the other day that has quite a few patterns and instructions for children and infants clothing. Included is this one for either a Knitted or Crocheted Sun Suit in sizes 2 and 4. I do sew, but I can't knit or crochet. My fingers get all tangled up. But if I did and I had a small child I'd make this in a heartbeat. So it's up for grabs, if anyone wants this just shoot me a quick comment or email so I can get your addy. It's also got booties, caps, a snow suit, sweaters, bibs etc.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Vintage Sleeved Swimsuits from Claire McCardell, Cole of California, Jantzen & Rose Marie Reid

Just a bit out of the ordinary but oh so cool! I would love one of these being the pale face that I am and for the opportunity to make it into a fashion statement after the beach and or pool. We offer you these vintage choices of swimwear with sleeves from some very wonderful designers.

Claire McCardell Swimsuit from 1953. This is one of my all time favorite swimsuits, not only because it has sleeves and can easily convert to a top by adding a skirt or slacks over it, but it has the classic signature McCardell hooks on the front closure. And check out the neckline, just love it!

This one is by Cole of California and is from 1963. Sleeves, off to a small start on a black maillot. By Cole of California, of nylon and silk. Scarf by Echo.

This piece has short short sleeve caps and is from 1960. 1,000 watt green Maillot, smooth as paint on the body, with a marvelous sheen that looks slipper when wet - even when it's dry. By Rose Marie Reid in Helanca stretch nylon.

The Jantzen International Set, a Cuban design. This long sleeve piece is from 1957. This one is similar to one we recently placed in our store, also from the International Set.

This piece is called Varadero, name for a famous beach in Cuba. Made by Jantzen and it represents it's country of origin. Made of Helanca, which molds to the body like a second skin. The small second label reads 'a Cuban design'.

Which one is your favorite?

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Every Gal Can Be a Pin-Up

Every gal can be pin up over at Nuclear Wardrobe. Run by the fabulous Eva Demure, contestants can enter once a month for a chance to win and even receive some prizes. Even if you don't want to enter you can still vote for your favorite pin-up gal each month. There is also a gallery page with all the past winners.

December 2008 Miss Elisha

May 2009 Miss Jessi Suede

So what's a Nuclear Girl you ask? Here's what Eva says...

"I started this contest for one reason in particular. I wanted a contest that could allow any rockabilly, swing, pin-up, glamour, retro-styled ladies to be in it. I believe that any girl can be a pin-up! For me, the real definition of a pin-up is 75% personality & attitude and 25% looks. Its sometimes hard to let that personality show through in photos, but when it does you know its an amazing piece of art. Letting your true self shine through is when everyone says..."boy, she's got something special!" But the real pin-up personality of most girls is not seen at places online, but
rather in the little things they do everyday...while they are cooking, giggling, strutting down the hall at work, and even taking a stumble down the stairs with grace.

Therefore, this contest is open to anyone who wants their pin-up side to be recognized...however you may define it, whether wardrobe, body type, facial features, setting & props, make-up, personality, or all of the above. I would like this to be a contest to recognize amateurs to professionals as long as you keep with the retro style & show you are a true pin-up!"

Contest and entry rules seem pretty straight forward. So what are you waiting for?