Swimsuits, 1946

Ahh! Summer!

Here’s some divine swimsuits as pictured originally in the 1946 Montgomery Ward’s Spring and Summer catalog. It’s hard to choose a favorite!

Happy 4th!

11 Comments on Swimsuits, 1946

  1. Kim Cullins
    July 2, 2011 at 1:37 am (5 years ago)

    Ahh Lauren! I was looking at this catalog on eBay the same time you were. You beat me to the click by 30 seconds! It couldn’t have gone to a better person!

    • wearinghistory
      July 2, 2011 at 1:43 am (5 years ago)

      Aww! I’ve had this one for about 5 years. But I’m sorry you missed out on it! Glad I can share some scans :)

      • Kim Cullins
        July 5, 2011 at 12:03 am (5 years ago)

        What a nutty coincidence. I saw it last week I think.

        Anytime you need a house-sitter/archivist…..

    • wearinghistory
      July 2, 2011 at 2:55 pm (5 years ago)

      Me too! I think it might be my fav :)

  2. Reagan Foy
    July 2, 2011 at 11:18 pm (5 years ago)

    These are great! With it being so warm here in California, I too have playsuits and swimsuits on my mind. I just finished up a vintage Beach Bra top with matching shorts and have enough fabric leftover that I might need to make a skirt much like the ladies have on in these pictures.

    • wearinghistory
      July 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm (5 years ago)

      Ooh! That would be so cute! I know what you mean- I have playsuits/swimsuits/shorts on the brain!

  3. Casey
    July 5, 2011 at 11:47 am (5 years ago)

    Yowza! I am loving these! Especially the little peek-a-boo one piece on the far left. I started to make a 40s inspired swimsuit this spring, but it needs some tweaking and reworking before it’s fully “beach ready”. Seeing these is giving me some incentive to dig it out of my UFO pile! ;)

    • wearinghistory
      July 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm (5 years ago)

      Me too! Love that one!
      I’d love to see your swimsuit! You are a braver gal than I. I keep *almost* thinking I need to make myself a copy of a vintage one I have, but when it gets down to it it sounds like a pain. Lol!

  4. Heide from apronhistory
    July 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm (5 years ago)

    Ohh! I love M. Lol I just relized why! It has cherries on it!
    Love the matching sandels too.

    • wearinghistory
      July 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm (5 years ago)

      It’s such a cutie! Wish modern swimwear prints were so cute!

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