Thursday, December 31, 2020

57 Beautiful Vintage Photos of Celebrities Wearing Swimwear During the 1930s

 


While the 1920s started the trend for leisure activities like swimming, it was economic changes in the 1930s that made swimming a past time for everyone, not just those lucky enough to live near a beach.


Yarn covered in rubber invented in 1931 to make swimwear much more comfortable and lighter to wear. Previously all wool swimsuits looked fine dry but sagged terribly when wet and weighed a few extra pounds, too. With less sag, thinner material and a stiffer stretch to it, it was possible for designers to build in support for women — girdles and light bras.  This helped women of all shapes look and feel better in swimwear.


The 1930s swimwears could be made of cotton or Rayon, which was more comfortable against the skin than wool.


These glamorous photos captured portraits of classic beauties that defined the 1930s swimwear styles.



Alice White




Andrea Leeds




Anita Louise




Ann Dvorak




Ann Evers




Ann Sheridan




Anna May Wong



Bette Davis




Betty Furness




Betty Grable




Blanca Vischer




Blanche Le Clair




Carole Lombard




Cecilia Parker




Clara Bow




Dorothy Arnold




 Dorothy Dare




Dorothy Lamour




Dorothy Sebastian




Eleanor Troy




Esther Ralston




Frances Drake




Gale Sondergaard




Gertrude Michael




Ginger Rogers




Grace Bradley




Irene Hervey




Jean Arthur




Jean Harlow




Jeanette MacDonald




Joan Blondell




Joan Crawford




Joan Fontaine




Joan Marsh




Joyce Compton




Judith Barrett




June Clyde




June Travis




Karen Morley




Lola Todd




Lucille Ball




Lynn Bari




Madge Evans




Margaret Lockwood




Mary Carlisle




Olivia de Havilland




Patricia Ellis




Paulette Goddard




Priscilla Lawson




Raquel Torres




Rita Hayworth




Sally Rand




Sheila Darcy




 Thelma Todd




Toby Wing




Una Merkel




Victoria Vinton