Bathing Suits

The conversion of swimwear to a “2-piece” suit takes place in the 1940s. The uncovering of the midriff was starting to happen, but midriff exposures are slow and deliberate, and averaging about one inch per year. Movie stars headline the conversion process as Hollywood’s leading pin-ups – including Betty Grable, Lana Turner, Rita Hayworth bare their bellies.

Although around longer, the bikini was officially unveiled in 1946 by Louis Reard. The tiny bikini.

Reard said  “..for the record, you do not have a genuine bikini unless you can pull it through your wedding ring!”.   American women didn’t get comfortable with such little material until the late fifties and early sixties.

View this short video (and the photos below) for a peek into the beauty and elegance of the forties! 

[youtube_sc url=”http://youtu.be/q2KCz-WHHIg” autohide=”1″ rel=”0″]

Vintage SWIM SUIT Valentine Card c. 1940s by: carrington

$5.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Feb-1-2015 18:00:33 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

Vintage SWIM SUIT Valentine card c. 1940s by: a-meri-card

$5.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Monday Feb-2-2015 18:00:34 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

Vintage MISS AMERICA Valentine card c. 1940s

$6.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Feb-1-2015 18:00:47 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list

Lot of 3 Vtg 1940s/50sWomen’s Bikini Halter Tops (Size 32B)

$29.95 (2 Bids)
End Date: Monday Feb-2-2015 7:50:52 PST
Bid now | Add to watch list
[photosmash=]