Publicity photo of Adele Mara wearing a polka dot bikini for Argentinean Magazine. Source and copyright: This work is in the public domain in that it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice.
1950s swimwear Source and copyright: This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Netherlands license.
A group of bathers photographed in 1946. The group includes Swedish writers Artur Lundkvist and his wife Maria Wine (second and third from left). Do you have any vintage family photos you’d like to share? If so I’d love to see them! You can email them to me at weheartvintage (at) hotmail.co.uk.
Girls in their swimsuits photographed in 1920. These female swimmers were photographed at the Tidal Basin in Washington DC. I love the range of different styles these women are wearing, don’t they look great?
Ronald Reagan as a lifeguard, 1920s
I find this photo of Ronald Reagan bizarre in so many ways! As a child I always found it strange that he went from being a matinee idol to being President of the United States, and now I find a photo of him in a swimsuit as a lifeguard. Real life can truly be stranger(…)
A surprisingly modern swimsuit from 1912
Mina Wylie, a Dutch Olympic swimmer photographed in 1912 wearing her surprisingly modern-looking swimsuit. I thought swimwear was much more modest at this time, perhaps its because she’s an athlete…?
Betty Grable’s famous WWII pinup
This photo of Betty Grable from 1943 was the most popular pin up photo for American GIs during WWII. You can see the other WWII pin ups here Source and copyright: This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1963 and although there may or(…)
Young women of Naples in their swimsuits, Italy 1948
Young girls in bikinis posing for a photo in Naples, 1948. Which is your favourite swimsuit? I think mine is the striped bikini. Source and copyright: his photograph is in the public domain in Italy because it was first published in Italy and its term of copyright has expired. Edited with BlogPad Pro
Dovima in a bikini
1950s fashion model Dovima wearing bikini photographed by Toni Frissell in Montego Bay, Jamaica, 1946. Similar image published in: Harper’s bazaar, May 1947. Source and copyright: This file is in the public domain, because Gifted to the Library of Congress by the photographer Edited with BlogPad Pro
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Pin up girl Bettie Page
The wonderful ‘Queen of Pinups’ Bettie Page who died on this day in 2008.
Two couples running along the beach, 1950s Source: No known copyright restrictions
1940s surf girls in their swimsuits
1940s photo of surf sirens on Manly beach in New South Wales, Australia. Which is your favourite? I think mine is the second from left – the 2 piece swimsuit with high waisted shorts! Photographer: Ray Leighton Source: National Library of Australia: No known copyright restrictions
Vintage bathing suits
I’m a huge fan of vintage swimwear (sooo much more appealing than a string bikini *shudder*) and I’m delighted to welcome Julia of Jeeze Julia who’s agreed to do a guest post for me and share two of her grandmother’s beautiful vintage bathing suits, enjoy! When you’re a lake girl, you collect a lot of(…)
Raquel Welch: Space-Girl Dance, 1970s (Video)
What can I say about this video except that the 70s were a strange and wonderful place…