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Historic Germantown: Swimsuit Edition

July 18, 2013

For years, people have been beating the heat over the summer by hitting beaches and pools. Here are some old Germantown swimsuits from our collection found in the attic of the Germantown Historical Society.

Dark blue wool bathing suit. Sleeveless top. Shorts with button fly and white webbing belt with a metal buckle. From M&H Sporting Goods Co. in Philadelphia. Dated 1910-1930. Possibly donated by Mrs. R.H. Parham.

Knee-length navy blue cotton “games suit” with white tape decoration at neck and sleeves. 6 buttons on front and pleating at belt. Dated 1915-1940. According to its label, from John Wanamaker, which had locations in Philadelphia, New York, and Paris.

Yellow and white check bathing suit with embroidered black and blue butterflies scattered on the fabric. Dated “Mid-20th Century”. Label reads “Cole of California Original  Junior M” and belonged to a Valerie Dunn.

Medium bright blue cotton gym suit with snap closing. Name tag for “Irene Dunn” as well as “Irene” in white stitching on the back. Dated 1950-1970.

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